CN101320986B - Docking station - Google Patents

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CN101320986B
CN101320986B CN2008101112511A CN200810111251A CN101320986B CN 101320986 B CN101320986 B CN 101320986B CN 2008101112511 A CN2008101112511 A CN 2008101112511A CN 200810111251 A CN200810111251 A CN 200810111251A CN 101320986 B CN101320986 B CN 101320986B
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Abstract

一种扩展坞使手持式媒体播放器能够与其他媒体装置通信,手持式媒体播放器具有媒体连接器。 One kind of docking station enable the handheld media player connector capable of having a media communication with other media devices, handheld media players. 所述扩展坞包括外壳和媒体舱,媒体舱包括媒体舱开孔和媒体舱连接器。 The docking station includes a housing and a media bay, a media bay opening and a media bay including a media bay connector. 媒体舱开孔形成于外壳中并适于接纳手持式媒体播放器。 Media bay opening formed in the housing and adapted to receive the handheld media player. 媒体舱连接器布置在媒体舱开孔中并设置成:在手持式媒体播放器被插入媒体舱开孔的时候与手持式媒体播放器的媒体连接器接合,并在手持式媒体播放器被从媒体舱开口移除的时候断开接合。 Media bay connector is arranged in the media bay openings and arranged to: engage with the handheld media player is a media connector in a handheld media player is inserted into the media bay opening time, and is from a handheld media player when removable media bay opening disengaged. 媒体舱连接器包括连接器外壳以及在一列中隔开的多个触点。 Media bay connector includes a connector housing and a plurality of contacts spaced apart in a row. 多个触点的至少一个子集能够在媒体舱连接器被连接到媒体连接器的时候被激活。 At least a subset of the media can be connected to the media bay connector when the plurality of connector contacts are activated. 媒体舱连接器和手持式媒体播放器连接器在被连接在一起时,提供了使音频信号和电能能够传输的连接接口。 Media bay connector and handheld media player connector when connected together, provide the audio signal can be transmitted and a power connection interface.

Description

扩展坞 Docking station

[0001] 本申请是申请日为2004年3月18日、申请号为200480008192. 5、发明名称为“媒体播放器系统”的发明专利申请的分案申请。 Division of the Application [0001] This application is filed March 18, 2004, Application No. 200480008192.5, entitled "Media Player System" invention patent application.

技术领域 FIELD

[0002] 本发明一般地涉及媒体播放器。 [0002] The present invention relates generally to a media player. 更具体地说,本发明涉及用于将媒体播放器连接到外部装置的改进特征。 More particularly, the present invention relates to a media player for connecting an external device to the improved features.

背景技术 Background technique

[0003] 手持式用户电子设备市场火爆,并且数目日增的那些产品包括用以扩展连接到其上的机构。 [0003] The handheld electronic device market hot user, and the increasing number of those products which include means for connecting to the expansion. 举例来说,手持式用户电子产品可以对应于蜂窝电话、个人数字助理(PDA)、视频游戏、无线电设备、MP3播放器、CD播放器、DVD播放器、电视机、游戏播放器、摄像机等。 For example, a handheld consumer electronics products may correspond to a cellular phone, a personal digital assistant (PDA), video games, radios, MP3 players, CD players, DVD players, televisions, game players, video cameras and so on. 这些装置中的大部分包括用以连接到其他装置的某类连接器(例如,Firewire, USB、音频输出、视频输入等)。 Most of these devices include some sort connector for connection to another device (e.g., Firewire, USB, audio output, video input, etc.). 这些装置中的一些已经能够通过扩展玛(docking station)连接到其他装置。 Some of these devices have been able to connect to other devices via extension Ma (docking station). 例如,蜂窝电话已经包括用以给蜂窝电话充电的扩展坞,而PDA已经包括用以与主机计算机通信的扩展坞。 For example, cellular phones have included docking stations for charging the cellular phone, and PDA have included docking station for communication with a host computer. 其他装置已经能够在它们之间进行无线连接。 Other devices have been capable of wireless connections therebetween. 例如,蜂窝电话使用无线连接进行往返通信(例如,包括无线接收机)。 For example, a cellular phone using a wireless connection to and from communication (e.g., including a wireless receiver).

[0004] 特别是MP3音乐播放器通常通过连接器连接到其他装置。 [0004] In particular MP3 music player is typically connected to other devices through the connector. 例如,作为CACupertino的Apple Computer制造的Ipod已知的MP3音乐播放器已经包括用以与计算机通信的Firewire连接器。 For example, as manufactured by Apple Computer of CACupertino Ipod MP3 music player known to have Firewire connector comprises a communication with the computer. 通过电缆连接到计算机的Firewire连接器,一般使数据传输在MP3音乐播放器和计算机之间往返进行。 Firewire connector connected to the computer by a cable, generally round in data transmission between the MP3 music player and the computer. 正如应该理解的,MP3音乐播放器配置成播放MP3格式的歌曲。 As should be understood, MP3 music player configured to play songs in MP3 format. 这些歌曲可以从计算机上载,并在此后存储在MP3播放器中。 These songs can be uploaded from the computer, and thereafter stored in the MP3 player. 正如一般众所周知的,MP3格式是用于数字音乐的压缩系统,它有助于在不损害声音质量的情况下减少数字化歌曲的大小,亦即,在不损失CD声音质量的情况下压缩CD质量的歌曲。 As is generally known, MP3 format is a compression system for digital music that helps reduce the size of digital songs in without compromising sound quality, that is, CD-quality compression without loss of sound quality of CD song. 举例来说,CD上32MB的歌曲利用MP3格式可以压缩到约3MB的歌曲。 For example, the use of the songs on the CD 32MB MP3 format can be compressed to about 3MB of songs. 这一般允许用户在几分钟内而不是几小时内下载歌曲。 This generally allows a user in minutes instead of hours to download songs.

[0005] 尽管当前的媒体播放器诸如MP3音乐播放器工作得不错,但是仍有一种对用于把媒体播放器连接或者耦合到一个或多个外部装置的改进特征的持续需求(例如,输入或者输出)。 [0005] Although current media players, MP3 music player works as well, but there is still a kind of the media player is connected to or coupled to a continuing need for improved features one or more external devices (e.g., input or output).

发明内容 SUMMARY

[0006] 在一个实施例中,本发明涉及一种扩展坞,用于接纳具有插座连接器的媒体播放器,并包括外壳和媒体舱,所述媒体舱包括媒体舱开孔和阳插头连接器,其中,所述媒体舱开孔形成于所述外壳中并适于接纳所述媒体播放器,所述阳插头连接器布置在所述媒体舱开孔中并设置成与所述媒体播放器的所述插座连接器接合,所述阳插头连接器包括连接器外壳,所述连接器外壳被设计为容纳至少30个触点,所述触点在一列顺序编号的触点位置中隔开,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置包括=Firewire触点位置3、5、7、9,其为Firewire信号而指定;USB触点位置4、6、8、15,其为USB信号而指定;附件识别触点位置10,其为附件识别信号而指定,所述附件识别触点位置具有下拉功能以向所述媒体播放器通报附件标识;串行协议触点位置18、19,其为串行协议信号而指定 [0006] In one embodiment, the present invention relates to a docking station for receiving a media player having a receptacle connector, and includes a housing and a media bay, the media bay including a media bay opening and the male plug connector , wherein the media bay opening formed in the housing and adapted to receive the media player, said male plug connector disposed in the media bay openings and arranged with the media player the engaging receptacle connector, said male plug connector comprising a connector housing, the connector housing is designed to accommodate at least 30 contacts, the contacts contact locations spaced in a sequence number, wherein the contact locations sequentially numbered contact locations including Firewire = 3,5,7,9, which is designated as a Firewire signal; 4,6,8,15 USB contact position, which is designated as the USB signals; accessories identifying the position of the contact 10, which is designated as the accessory identification signal, identifying the accessory contact position pull-down function to inform accessory identification to the media player; serial protocol contact positions 18, 19, which is a serial protocol signal specified 音频触点位置25、26、27、28,其为音频信号而指定;接地触点位置I和30,其为接地而指定。 Audio 25,26,27,28 contact position, which is designated as the audio signal; position I and the ground contact 30, which is designated as ground. .

[0007] 在另一个实施例中,本发明涉及一种扩展坞,用于接纳具有插座连接器的媒体播放器,所述扩展坞包括外壳和媒体舱,所述媒体舱包括媒体舱开孔和阳插头连接器,其中,所述媒体舱开孔形成于所述外壳中并适于接纳所述媒体播放器,所述阳插头连接器布置在所述媒体舱开孔中并设置成与所述媒体播放器的插座连接器接合,所述阳插头连接器包括连接器外壳,所述连接器外壳被设计为容纳至少30个触点,所述触点在一列顺序编号的触点位置中隔开,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置包括:USB触点位置4、6、8,其为USB信号而指定;音频触点位置27、28,其为来自所述媒体播放器的输出音频信号而指定;接地触点位置I和30,其为接地而指定。 [0007] In another embodiment, the present invention relates to a docking station having a receptacle connector for receiving a media player, said docking station comprising a housing and a media bay, the media bay including a media bay opening and the the male plug connector, wherein the media bay opening formed in the housing and adapted to receive the media player, said male plug connector disposed in the media bay openings and arranged with the media player engages the receptacle connector, said male plug connector comprising a connector housing, the connector housing is designed to accommodate at least 30 contacts, said contacts spaced contact locations sequentially numbered in a , wherein said contact locations sequentially numbered comprising: USB contacts 4,6,8 position, which is designated as the USB signals; audio contact positions 27 and 28, which is output from the media player audio signals specified; position I and the ground contact 30, which is designated as ground.

[0008] 在另一个实施例中,本发明涉及一种扩展坞,用于接纳具有插座连接器的媒体播放器,所述扩展坞包括外壳和媒体舱,所述媒体舱包括媒体舱开孔和阳插头连接器,其中, 所述媒体舱开孔形成于所述外壳中并适于接纳所述媒体播放器,所述阳插头连接器布置在所述媒体舱开孔中并设置成与所述媒体播放器的所述插座连接器接合,所述阳插头连接器包括连接器外壳,所述连接器外壳被设计为容纳至少30个触点,这些触点在一列顺序编号的触点位置中隔开,所述触点位置包括:处于触点位置16处的第一接地触点位置,为接地而指定;处于触点位置4、6、8处的第一组USB触点位置,为USB信号而指定,所述第一组USB触点位置布置在所述第一接地触点位置与触点位置I之间;处于触点位置27和28处的第二组音频触点位置,为音频信号而指定,所述第二组音频 [0008] In another embodiment, the present invention relates to a docking station having a receptacle connector for receiving a media player, said docking station comprising a housing and a media bay, the media bay including a media bay opening and the the male plug connector, wherein the media bay opening formed in the housing and adapted to receive the media player, said male plug connector disposed in the media bay openings and arranged with the media player engage said socket connector, said male plug connector comprising a connector housing, the connector housing is designed to accommodate at least 30 contacts, the contacts in the contact position of a spacer sequence number of open, said contact locations comprise: a ground contact position of the contact in a first position 16, designated ground; a first set of USB contact position is at the contact position 4,6,8, the USB signal specified, the position of the first set of USB contacts disposed between the first ground contact position and a contact position I; a second set of audio contact position is at contact position 27 and 28, an audio signal specified, the second set of audio 点位置布置在所述第一接地触点位置与触点位置30之间。 Position disposed between said first contact locations and ground contact locations 30.

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[0009] 在附图的各幅图中,以举例方式而不是限制方式来说明本发明,类似的元件用相似的引用号标识,图中: [0009] In the various figures of the drawings, by way of example and not by way of limitation of the present invention will be described, like elements with like reference number identifies the figure:

[0010] 图I是按照本发明一个实施例的媒体播放器的透视图。 [0010] Figure I is a perspective view of a media player according to an embodiment of the present invention.

[0011] 图2是按照本发明一个实施例的媒体播放器系统的示图。 [0011] FIG. 2 is a diagram of a media player system according to an embodiment of the present invention.

[0012] 图3A和3B是按照本发明一个实施例的扩展坞的示图。 [0012] Figures 3A and 3B are a diagram of a docking station according to the embodiment of the present invention.

[0013] 图4A和4B是按照本发明一个实施例的扩展坞的示图。 [0013] FIGS 4A and 4B are a diagram of a docking station according to the embodiment of the present invention.

[0014] 图5是按照本发明一个实施例的媒体播放器系统的框图。 [0014] FIG. 5 is a block diagram of a media player system according to the embodiment of the present invention.

[0015] 图6A是按照本发明一个实施例的连接器组件的顶视图。 [0015] FIG 6A is a top view of one embodiment of the connector assembly according to the embodiment of the present invention.

[0016] 图6B是按照本发明一个实施例的连接器组件的正视图。 [0016] FIG. 6B is a front view of an embodiment of the connector assembly according to the embodiment of the present invention.

[0017] 图6C是按照本发明一个实施例的引脚名称表。 [0017] FIG 6C is a pin name of the table according to the embodiment of the present invention, an embodiment.

[0018] 图7A是按照本发明一个实施例的独立扩展坞的透视示图。 [0018] FIG. 7A is a separate docking station in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a perspective diagram.

[0019] 图7B是按照本发明一个实施例的独立扩展坞的顶视图。 [0019] FIG. 7B is a top view of the docking station independently according to one embodiment of the present invention.

[0020] 图7C是按照本发明一个实施例的独立扩展坞的顶视图,其盖子已拆掉。 [0020] FIG 7C is a top view of a separate docking station according to an embodiment of the present invention is that the lid has been removed.

[0021] 图7D是按照本发明一个实施例的独立扩展坞的背视图。 [0021] FIG 7D is a back view of the docking station independently according to one embodiment of the present invention.

[0022] 图7E是按照本发明一个实施例的独立扩展坞的侧视图。 [0022] Figure 7E is a side view of the docking station independently according to one embodiment of the present invention. [0023] 图8是按照本发明一个实施例的媒体播放器扩展坞使用时的示图。 [0023] FIG. 8 is a diagram of the docking station when using a media player according to an embodiment of the present invention.

[0024] 图9A是按照本发明一个实施例的电缆适配器的示图。 [0024] FIG. 9A is a diagram of a cable adapter according to the embodiment of the present invention.

[0025] 图9B是按照本发明一个实施例的电缆适配器的示图。 [0025] FIG. 9B is a diagram of a cable adapter according to the embodiment of the present invention.

[0026] 图9C是按照本发明一个实施例的电缆适配器的示图。 [0026] FIG. 9C is a diagram of a cable adapter according to the embodiment of the present invention.

[0027] 图9D是按照本发明一个实施例的电缆适配器的功能示图。 [0027] FIG 9D is a functional embodiment of a cable adapter according to the present invention shown in FIG.

[0028] 图10是按照本发明另一个实施例的带有内置扩展坞的笔记本计算机的示图。 [0028] FIG. 10 is a diagram of a notebook computer with a built-in docking station according to another embodiment of the present invention.

[0029] 图11是按照本发明另一个实施例的带有内置扩展坞的台式计算机的示图。 [0029] FIG. 11 is a diagram of a desktop computer with a built-in docking station according to another embodiment of the present invention.

[0030] 图12是按照本发明另一个实施例的带有内置扩展坞的轻便型收录机(boom box)的示图。 [0030] FIG. 12 is a diagram of a docking station with built-in portable tape recorders (boom box) according to another embodiment of the present invention.

[0031] 图13是按照本发明另一个实施例的带有内置扩展坞的相框的示图。 [0031] FIG. 13 is a diagram of a docking station with a built-in frame according to another embodiment of the present invention.

[0032] 图14是按照本发明另一个实施例的带有内置扩展坞的家庭无线电设备的示图。 [0032] FIG. 14 is a diagram of a docking station with built-in home radio apparatus according to another embodiment of the present invention.

[0033] 图15是按照本发明另一个实施例的无线通信系统的示图。 [0033] FIG. 15 is a diagram of a wireless communication system according to another embodiment of the present invention.

[0034] 图16是按照本发明另一个实施例的无线通信系统的框图。 [0034] FIG. 16 is a block diagram of a wireless communication system according to another embodiment of the present invention.

[0035] 图17是按照本发明一个实施例的无线传输方法的流程图。 [0035] FIG 17 is a flowchart of a wireless transmission method of an embodiment of the present invention.

[0036] 图18是按照本发明另一个实施例的无线通信网络使用时的透视示图。 [0036] FIG. 18 is a perspective view illustrating a wireless communication network according to another embodiment of the present invention.

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[0037] 现将参照如附图中举例说明的本发明的几个优选实施例来详细描述本发明。 [0037] As will now be referring to several preferred embodiments of the present invention illustrated in the drawings of the present invention is described in detail. 在以下的描述中,提出许多具体细节以便透彻地理解本发明。 In the following description, numerous specific details to provide a thorough understanding of the present invention. 但是,对于本专业技术人员显然的是,本发明可以在没有这些具体细节中的一些或全部的情况下实施。 However, for obvious to a person skilled in the art that the present invention may be practiced without these specific details in some or all circumstances. 在其他实例中,不详细描述众所周知的工序,以免不必要地使本发明难以理解。 In other instances, well known process is not described in detail so as not to unnecessarily obscure the present invention understood.

[0038] 图I是按照本发明一个实施例的媒体播放器100的透视示图。 [0038] Figure I is a perspective view illustrating a media player in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention 100. 术语"媒体播放器"一般指专门用来处理诸如音频、视频或者其他图像等媒体的计算装置,例如,音乐播放器、游戏播放器、视频播放器、录像机、摄像机等等。 The term "media player" generally refers to a computing device dedicated to processing media such as audio, video or other images, for example, music players, game players, video players, video recorders, cameras and the like. 在一些情况下,媒体播放器包含单一功能(例如,专门用来播放音乐的媒体播放器),而在其他情况下,媒体播放器包含多功能(例如,播放音乐、显示视频、储存图片等等的媒体播放器)。 In some cases, the media player that contains a single function (for example, designed to play music media player), while in other cases, the media player includes multi-function (for example, play music, show videos, pictures and more storage media player). 在任一情况下,这些装置一般都是便携式的,以便使用户不管走到哪儿都能够听音乐、播放游戏或者视频、录像或者照相。 In either case, these devices are generally portable, so that the user can go anywhere regardless of listening to music, playing games or video, or video camera.

[0039] 在一个实施例中,媒体播放器是手持式装置,其大小适宜于放入用户的口袋。 [0039] In one embodiment, the media player is a handheld device, which is suitable size into the user's pocket. 通过设置成口袋大小,用户不必直接携带该装置,因此几乎可以把该装置带到用户所到的任何位置(例如,用户不会因为携带庞大而且往往沉重的如膝上或者笔记本计算机中的装置而受到限制)。 Provided by a pocket sized, the user does not have to directly carry the device and therefore the device can be almost as a laptop or a notebook computer, the device is brought to any position of a user (e.g., because the user does not carry heavy and bulky and often restricted). 例如,在音乐播放器的情况下,用户可以在体育馆锻炼的同时使用该装置。 For example, in the case of a music player, the user can use the device while in the gym. 在摄像机的情况下,用户可以在爬山的同时使用该装置。 In the case of the camera, the user may use the device while mountain climbing. 在游戏播放器的情况下,用户可以在乘车出游的同时使用该装置。 In the case of a game player, the user can use the device while traveling by car. 另外,该装置可以由用户的手来操作,无需诸如桌面这样的基准面。 Further, the apparatus may be operated by a user's hand, without such a reference surface such as a desktop. 在所示实施例中,媒体播放器100是口袋大小的手持式MP3音乐播放器,它能够使用户存储大量的音乐(例如,在一些情况下多达4,000的CD质量的歌曲)。 In the illustrated embodiment, the media player 100 is a pocket sized hand held MP3 music player that enables the user to store a large amount of music (e.g., up to 4,000 CD-quality songs, in some cases). 尽管主要用以存储和播放音乐,但是在此所示的MP3音乐播放器还可包括附加的功能,诸如存储日历和电话列表、存储游戏和播放游戏、存储照片等等。 Although primarily used to store and play music, but the MP3 music player shown herein may also include additional features, such as storing a calendar and phone lists, storing game and play games, store photos, and more. 事实上,在一些情况下,它可以起高度便携式存储装置的作用。 In fact, in some cases, it can function as highly portable storage device.

[0040] 举例来说,MP3音乐播放器可以对应于CA Cupertino的Apple Computer公司制造的Ipod MP3播放器。 [0040] For example, MP3 music player may correspond to the Ipod MP3 player CA Cupertino's Apple Computer Corporation. 口袋大小的Ipod宽度约2. 4英寸、高度约4英寸和深度约O. 72英寸到约O. 84英寸的范围。 Pocket sized Ipod width of about 2.4 inches, a height of about 4 inches and a depth of about 72 inches to about O. O. range of 84 inches.

[0041] 如图I所示,媒体播放器100包括外壳102,它内部装有各种电部件(包括集成电路芯片及其他电路),用以为媒体播放器100提供计算操作。 [0041] As shown in FIG. I, the media player 100 includes a housing 102, with its internal various electrical components (including integrated circuit chips and other circuitry) to provide computing operations 100 that with the media player. 另外,外壳还可限定媒体播放器的形状或者形式。 Further, the housing may also define the shape or form of the media player. 就是说,外壳102的轮廓可以体现媒体播放器100的物理外观。 That is, the contour of the housing 102 may be embodied in the physical appearance of the media player 100. 包含在外壳内的集成电路芯片及其他电路可以包括微处理器(例如,CPU)、存储器(例如,ROM、RAM)、电源(例如,电池)、电路板、硬盘驱动器、其他存储器(例如,闪存)和/或各种输入/输出(I/O)支持电路。 Integrated circuit chips and other circuitry contained within the housing may include a microprocessor (e.g., the CPU), memory (e.g., ROM, RAM), power supply (e.g., battery), a circuit board, a hard drive, other memory (e.g., flash memory ) and / or various input / output (I / O) support circuitry. 电部件还可包括用于输入或者输出音乐或者声音的部件,诸如麦克风、放大器和数字信号处理器(DSP)。 Electrical components may also include input or outputting music or sound components, such as a microphone, an amplifier and a digital signal processor (DSP). 电部件还可包括用于捕获图像的部件,诸如图像传感器(例如,电荷耦合装置(CXD)或者互补氧化物半导体(CMOS)或者光学元件(例如,透镜、分光镜、滤光镜)。电部件还可包括用于发送和接收媒体的部件(例如,天线、接收机、发射机、收发机等)。 Electrical components may also comprise means for capturing images, such as image sensors (e.g., charge coupled device (CXD) or a complementary oxide semiconductor (CMOS) or an optical element (e.g., lens, beam splitter, a filter). Electrical components further comprising means for transmitting and receiving the media components (e.g., antenna, receiver, transmitter, transceiver, etc.).

[0042] 在所示实施例中,媒体播放器100包括硬盘驱动器,以此使媒体播放器具有海量储存容量。 [0042] embodiment, the media player 100 includes a hard disk drive in the illustrated embodiment, thereby enabling the media player with mass storage capacity. 例如,20GB的硬盘驱动器可以存储多达4000首歌曲或者约266小时的音乐。 For example, 20GB hard drive can store up to 4,000 songs or about 266 hours of music. 相比之下,基于闪存的媒体播放器平均存储多达128MB或者约两个小时的音乐。 By contrast, about two hours or up to 128MB of music-based media players average storage flash memory. 硬盘驱动器的容量可以在宽的范围内改变(例如,5MB、10MB、20MB等)。 Hard drive capacity may be varied (e.g., 5MB, 10MB, 20MB, etc.) in a wide range. 除硬盘驱动器外,这里所示的媒体播放器100还包括电池,诸如可重新充电的锂聚合物电池。 In addition to the hard drive, the media player 100 shown herein also includes a battery such as a rechargeable lithium polymer battery. 这些类型的电池能够向媒体播放器提供约10小时的连续播放时间。 These types of battery can provide approximately 10 hours of continuous play time to the media player.

[0043] 媒体播放器100还包括用户接口103。 [0043] The media player 100 further includes a user interface 103. 用户接口103使媒体播放器100的用户能够在媒体播放器100上引发动作,并向用户提供与利用媒体播放器相联系的输出(例如,音频、视频、图像等)。 The user interface 103 a user media player 100 can initiate actions on the media player 100, and provides the user with the use of the output (e.g., audio, video, images, etc.) associated with the media player. 用户接口103可以在宽的范围内改变。 The user interface 103 can be varied within wide limits. 举例来说,用户接口103可包括开关、按钮、键、拨盘、轨迹球、操纵杆、触摸板、触摸屏、显示器、麦克风、扬声器、摄像机等 For example, the user interface 103 may include switches, buttons, keys, dials, trackballs, joysticks, touch pads, touch screens, displays, microphones, speakers, cameras, etc.

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[0044] 在所示实施例中,媒体播放器100包括显示屏104和有关电路。 [0044] In the illustrated embodiment, the media player 100 includes a display screen 104 and related circuitry. 显示屏104用来向用户显示图形用户接口以及其他信息(例如,文本、对象、图形)。 104 to display a graphical user interface and other information (e.g., text, objects, graphics) to the user. 举例来说,显示屏104可以是液晶显示器(IXD)。 For example, the display 104 may be a liquid crystal display (IXD). 在一个特定的实施例中,显示屏对应于160 X 128像素的高分辨率显示器,白色的LED背光使得在白天以及低照明的条件下具有清晰的可见度。 In one particular embodiment, the display screen corresponds to a 160 X 128 pixel high-resolution display, such as a white LED backlight has clear visibility at daytime and low lighting. 如图所示,通过外壳102中的开孔105并通过设置在开孔105前面的透明壁106,显示屏104对媒体播放器100的用户是可见的。 As shown, the housing 102 through the openings 105 and 106 provided by, the display screen 104 is visible to the user of the media player 100 in front of the transparent wall 105 of the opening. 尽管是透明的,但透明壁106可以认为是外壳102的一部分,因为它有助于限定媒体播放器100的形状或者形式。 Although transparent, the transparent wall 106 may be considered part of the housing 102 since it helps to define the shape or form of the media player 100.

[0045] 除显示屏104外,媒体播放器100还包括触摸板110。 [0045] In addition to the display 104, media player 100 further includes a touch panel 110. 触摸板是直观的接口,提供容易的单手操作,亦即,允许用户用一个或多个手指与媒体播放器交互。 The touch panel is an intuitive interface that provides easy one-handed operation, i.e., allows the user to use one or more fingers to interact with the media player. 触摸板110配置成提供一种或多种用以控制与媒体播放器100相联系的各种应用的控制功能。 Touch pad 110 is configured to provide one or more control functions for controlling various applications and the media player 100 is associated. 例如,触摸引发的控制功能可用来在显示屏104上移动对象或者执行动作,或者用来进行选择或者发出与操作媒体播放器100相联系的命令。 For example, the touch initiated control function may be used to move the object on the display screen 104 or perform an action, or to select commands or issue operation 100 the media player associated. 为了实现触摸引发的控制功能,触摸板110可以布置成从在触摸板110的表面上移动的手指、从占据触摸板上特定位置的手指和/或通过轻敲触摸板特定位置的手指接收输入。 In order to realize a touch initiated control function, the touch pad 110 may be arranged to move on the surface of the touch panel 110 of the finger, the finger a particular location and / or receiving input from the touch panel by a finger tapping on the touch panel occupies a specific location. 触摸板可以在宽的范围内改变。 Touchpad may vary within wide limits. 例如,触摸板可以是基于笛卡尔坐标系的常规触摸板,或者触摸板可以是基于极坐标系的触摸板。 For example, the touch pad may be a conventional touch pad based on the Cartesian coordinate system, or the touch pad may be a touch pad based on a polar coordinate system. 另外,触摸板110可以在相对和/或绝对模式下使用。 Further, the touch panel 110 can be used in a relative and / or absolute mode. 在绝对模式下,触摸板110报告所触摸的绝对坐标。 In absolute mode, touch the touch pad 110 reports the absolute coordinates. 例如,在笛卡尔坐标系的情况下的x、y或者在极坐标系的情况下的(r,Θ)。 For example, x in the case of a Cartesian coordinate system, y, or in the case of a polar coordinate system (r, Θ). 在相对模式下,触摸板110报告方向和/或改变的距离。 In relative mode, the touch pad 110 reports the direction and / or distance of change. 例如,左/右、上/下等等。 For example, left / right, up / down, and so on.

[0046] 触摸板110 —般由可触摸的外表面111构成,用以接收手指用以在触摸板110上操作。 [0046] The touch panel 110 - as can be constituted by the outer surface 111 of the touch, for receiving a finger on the touch pad 110 to operate. 尽管图I未示出,但是在可触摸的外表面111的下面是传感器布置。 Although not shown in FIG. I, the touchable outer surface 111 is below the sensor arrangement. 传感器布置包括多个传感器,它们配置成在手指落于其上、轻敲于其上,或者在其上通过时激活。 Sensor arrangement comprising a plurality of sensors that are configured to fall thereon finger tapping thereon or thereon by activated. 在最简单的情况下,每次手指放置于传感器之上时产生电信号。 In the simplest case, an electrical signal is generated each time a finger on the sensor. 在给定的时间帧内信号的数目可指明手指在触摸板上的位置、方向、速度和加速度,亦即,信号越多,用户移动或者他的或她的手指越多。 The number of a given time frame may indicate the signal position of the finger on the touch pad, the direction, speed and acceleration, i.e., the more signals, the user moves his or her fingers or more. 在大部分情况下,这些信号由把信号的数目、组合和频率转换为位置、方向、速度和加速度信息的电子接口来监测。 In most cases, the number of signals from the signals, and a combination of frequency conversion for the location, electronic interface direction, speed and acceleration information be monitored. 该信息然后可由媒体播放器100用来在显示屏104上执行所希望的控制功能。 This information may then be the media player 100 to perform the desired control function on the display screen 104.

[0047] 显示屏104和触摸板110相对于外壳102的位置可以在宽的范围内改变。 [0047] The display screen 104 and the touch pad 110 relative to the housing 102 may be varied within wide limits. 例如,它们可以放在外壳102的任何外表面(例如,顶面、侧面、正面或者背面),即在操作媒体播 For example, they may be placed at any external surface of the housing 102 (e.g., top, side, front or back surface), i.e., the media player in operation

放器100的过程中用户可伸到的位置。 Process 100 put out into the position of the user may be. 在大部分情况下,完全向用户显露触摸板110的对触摸敏感的表面111。 In most cases, entirely exposed on the touch-sensitive surface of the touch panel 111 of the user. 在所示实施例中,触摸板Iio位于外壳102较低的正面区域。 In the illustrated embodiment, the touchpad Iio located in the lower front area of ​​the housing 102. 另外,触摸板110可以凹进去低于外壳102的表面、与外壳102的表面齐平或者延伸高于外壳102的表面。 Further, the touch panel 110 can go below the concave surface 102 of the housing, with the surface or flush with the housing 102 extending above the surface of the housing 102. 在所示实施例中,触摸板110的对触摸敏感的表面111基本上与外壳102的外表面齐平。 Embodiment, the touch-sensitive surface of the touch panel 111 with the outer surface 110 is substantially flush with the housing 102 in the illustrated embodiment.

[0048] 显示屏104和触摸板110的形状也可以在宽的范围内改变。 [0048] The shape of the display screen 104 and the touch pad 110 may be varied within wide limits. 例如,它们可以是圆形、矩形、三角形等等。 For example, they may be circular, rectangular, triangular, and the like. 一般,成形的触摸板的外周边限定触摸板的工作边界。 In general, the outer perimeter of the shaped touch pad defines the working boundary of the touchpad. 在所示实施例中,显示屏呈矩形,而触摸板110呈圆形。 In the illustrated embodiment, the display screen is rectangular, and the touch pad 110 is circular. 更具体地说,触摸板是环形,亦即,形似环形或者形成环形。 More specifically, the touch pad is annular, i.e., an annular shape or annular form. 当呈环形时,成形的触摸板的内和外周边限定触摸板的工作边界。 When annular, the inner and outer shaping of the touch panel perimeter defining the working boundary of the touchpad.

[0049] 除上述外,媒体播放器100还可包括一个或多个按钮112。 [0049] In addition to above, the media player 100 may also include one or more buttons 112. 按钮112配置成提供一个或多个专用控制功能,用以进行选择或发布与操作媒体播放器100相联系的命令。 Button 112 is configured to provide one or more dedicated control functions for selection or issue a command 100 associated with operating the media player. 举例来说,在MP3音乐播放器的情况下,按钮功能可以与打开菜单、播放歌曲、快进歌曲、搜索遍历菜单等等相联系。 For example, in the case of an MP3 music player, the button functions may be associated with opening a menu, playing a song, fast forwarding a song, search for traversing menus, etc. linked. 在大部分情况下,按钮功能是通过机械的按动动作实现的。 In most cases, the button functions by pressing the mechanical action implementation. 按钮112相对于触摸板110的位置可以在宽的范围内改变。 Button 112 with respect to the position of the touch panel 110 can be changed in a wide range. 例如,它们可以彼此相邻或者彼此隔开。 For example, they may be adjacent to each other or separated from each other. 在所示实施例中,按钮112配置成围绕触摸板110的内和外周边。 Embodiment, button 112 is configured to surround the inner and outer periphery of the touch panel 110 in the illustrated embodiment. 这样,按钮112可提供可触摸的表面,它们限定触摸板110的外边界。 Thus, the button 112 may provide a touch surface, which defines an outer boundary of the touch panel 110. 如图所示,有四个按钮112A,它们围绕外周边,而一个按钮112B设置在触摸板110的中心或者中间。 As shown, there are four buttons 112A, around the outer periphery thereof, and a button 112B disposed in the center or middle of the touch panel 110. 举例来说,多个按钮112可能由菜单按钮、播放/停止按钮、前进搜索按钮和反向搜索按钮等等构成。 For example, the plurality of buttons 112 may be provided by a menu button, play / stop button, forward and reverse search button search button like configuration.

[0050] 另外,媒体播放器100还可包括保持开关114。 [0050] Further, the media player 100 may also include a hold switch 114. 保持开关114配置成使触摸板和/或按钮激活或停用。 Hold switch 114 configured to cause the touch pad and / or buttons activated or deactivated. 这一般是用来避免,例如,当把媒体播放器存放在用户的口袋内时,通过触摸板和/或按钮产生不希望有的命令。 This is generally used to avoid, for example, when the media player is stored inside a user's pocket, is generated by the touch pad and / or buttons undesirable command. 当被停用时,来自按钮和/或触摸板的信号不被发送或者被媒体播放器忽略。 When deactivated, signals from the buttons and / or touch pad are not sent or ignored media player. 当被激活时,来自按钮和/或触摸板的信号被发送,因而被媒体播放器接收和处理。 When activated, signals from the buttons and / or touch pad are sent and therefore received and processed by the media player.

[0051] 媒体播放器100还可包括一个或多个连接器,用以接收和发射往来于媒体播放器的数据。 [0051] The media player 100 may also include one or more connectors for receiving and transmitting to and from the media player data. 举例来说,媒体播放器可以包括一个或多个音频插孔、视频插孔、数据端口等等。 For example, the media player may include one or more audio jacks, video jacks, data ports and the like. 媒体播放器100还可以包括一个或多个连接器,用以接收和发射往来于媒体播放器100的功率。 Media player 100 may also include one or more connectors for receiving and transmitting power to and from the media player 100. [0052] 在所示实施例中,媒体播放器包括头戴式耳机插孔116和数据端口118。 [0052] In the illustrated embodiment, the media player includes a headphone jack 116 and a data port 118. 头戴式耳机插孔116能够接纳与配置来听媒体装置100输出的声音的头戴式耳机/扬声器相联系的头戴式耳机或者扬声器插头。 Headphone jack 116 can be configured to receive and listen to audio media device 100 outputs the headphone / speaker linked to a headset or speaker plug. 另一方面,数据端口118能够接纳配置用于发射和接收来往来于主机装置诸如通用计算机(例如,台式计算机、便携式计算机)的数据的数据插头/电缆组件。 On the other hand, the data port 118 can be configured to receive to transmit and receive data to and from the host device, such as a plug / cable assembly a general purpose computer (e.g., desktop computer, portable computer) data. 举例来说,数据端口118可用来上载或者下载往来于媒体装置100的音频、视频及其他图像。 For example, the data port 118 can be used to upload or download media device 100 and from the audio, video, and other images. 例如,数据端口可以用来把歌曲和播放列表、音频书籍、电子书籍、照片等等下载到媒体播放器的存储机构中。 For example, the data port can be used to songs and playlists, audio books, electronic books, photos, etc. downloaded to a storage mechanism media player in.

[0053] 数据端口118可以在宽的范围内改变。 [0053] The data port 118 can be varied within wide limits. 例如,数据端口可以是PS/2端口、串行端口、并行端口、网络接口端口、USB端口、Firewire端口和/或等等。 For example, the data port may be a PS / 2 port, a serial port, a parallel port, network interface port, USB port, Firewire port and / or the like. 在一些情况下,为了消除使用电缆的必要性,数据端口118可以是无线链路,诸如射频(RF)链路或光学红外(IR)链路。 In some cases, in order to eliminate the necessity of using a cable, the data port 118 may be a wireless link, such as radio frequency (RF) link or optical infrared (IR) link. 尽管在图I未示出,媒体播放器100还可以包括电源端口,它接纳配置来向媒体播放器100提供电力传输的插头/电缆组件。 Although not shown in FIG. I, the media player 100 may also include a power port, which accommodates configured to provide a plug / cable assembly to the power transmission media player 100. 在一些情况下,数据端口118可以用作数据和电源端口。 In some cases, the data port 118 may serve as a data and power port. [0054] 尽管只设置一个数据端口,但应指出,这不是限制,而可以把多个数据端口结合到媒体播放器中。 [0054] Although only one data port is provided, it should be noted that this is not a limitation, and multiple data ports may be incorporated into the media player. 类似地,数据端口可包括多数据功能,亦即,把多个数据端口的功能集成到单个数据端口。 Similarly, the data port may include multiple data functionality, i.e., the functions of the plurality of data ports into a single data port. 另外,应该指出,保持开关、头带式耳机插孔和数据端口在外壳上的位置可以在宽的范围内改变。 Further, it should be noted that the hold switch, headphone jack and headband position data port on the housing may vary within wide limits. 就是说,它们不限于图I所示的位置。 That is, they are not limited to the position I shown in FIG. 它们几乎可以放置在外壳上的任何位置(例如,正面、背面、两侧、顶部、底部)。 They can be placed in almost any position (e.g., front, back, sides, top, bottom) on the housing. 例如,数据端口可以放置在外壳的顶面、两侧、背面、正面,而不是图中所示的底面。 For example, the data port can be placed in the housing top surface, sides, back, front, rather than the bottom surface as shown in FIG. 但是,应该指出,当连接到其他装置时,在底面上设有数据端口具有一些好处。 However, it should be noted that, when connected to another device, the data provided in the bottom surface of the port has several benefits.

[0055] 图2是按照本发明一个实施例的媒体播放器系统150的示图。 [0055] FIG. 2 is a media player system according to an embodiment of the present invention is shown in FIG 150. 媒体播放器系统包括媒体播放器152和一个或多个通过媒体链路156连接的媒体装置154。 Media player system comprises a media player 152 and media devices connected by one or more media links 156,154. 如上所述,术语"媒体播放器"一般指专门用来处理诸如音频、视频或者其他图像等媒体的计算装置,例如,音乐播放器、游戏播放器、视频播放器、录像机、摄像机等等。 As described above, the term "media player" generally refers to a computing device dedicated to processing media such as audio, video or other images, for example, music players, game players, video players, video recorders, cameras and the like. 举例来说,媒体播放器152可以对应于图I所示的媒体播放器100。 For example, the media player 152 may correspond to the media player 100 shown in FIG. I. 媒体装置154类似于媒体播放器152,因为它们都处理诸如音频、视频或者其他图像的媒体。 Media device 154 is similar to the media player 152, because they process media such as audio, video or other images. 媒体装置可以在宽的范围内改变。 Media device can be varied within wide limits. 举例来说,媒体装置可以对应于其他媒体播放器、台式计算机、笔记本计算机、个人数字助理、视频或者成像设备(例如,摄像机、监视器)、音频设备(家用立体声系统、车用立体声系统、轻便型收录机)、家用无线电设备(例如,步话机)、外围装置(例如,键盘、鼠标、显示器、打印机、扫描仪)、个人媒体装置(下面将较详细地讨论)等等。 For example, the media devices may correspond to other media players, desktop computers, notebook computers, personal digital assistant, or a video imaging device (e.g., cameras, monitors), audio equipment (home stereos, car stereos, portable type tape recorders), home radio equipment (e.g., walkie-talkies), peripheral devices (e.g., keyboard, mouse, displays, printers, scanners), personal media devices (discussed in more detail below) and the like.

[0056] 媒体装置154和媒体播放器152配置成通过媒体链路156彼此通信。 [0056] The media device 154 and the media player 152 is configured to communicate with one another through media link 156. 它们通信所依靠的协议可以在宽的范围内改变。 They rely on a communication protocol may vary within wide limits. 举例来说,通信协议可以是主/从通信协议、服务器/客户机通信协议、对等(peer/peer)通信协议等等。 For example, the communication protocol may be a master / slave communication protocol, server / client communication protocol, peer (peer / peer) communication protocols or the like. 利用主/从通信协议,装置之一是主设备,而另一个是从设备。 Using the master / slave communication protocol, one of the devices is a master device, while the other is the slave. 主设备控制从设备。 From the master control device. 利用客户机/服务器通信协议,服务器程序响应客户机程序的请求。 Using a client / server communication protocol, a server program responds to the requesting client program. 服务器程序可以在媒体播放器或者媒体装置上运行。 Server program can run on the media player or the media device. 利用对等的通信协议,两个装置中任何一个都可以引发通信会话。 Using a communication protocol such as, any two devices can initiate a communication session.

[0057] 媒体链路156可以是有线和/或无线。 [0057] The media link 156 may be wired and / or wireless. 例如,媒体链路156可以通过连接器和端口或者通过接收机、发射机和/或收发机进行。 For example, the media link 156 may be performed by the connector and ports or through receivers, transmitters and / or transceivers. 媒体链路还可以是单向或双向的。 Media link may also be unidirectional or bidirectional. 例如,在单向的情况下,媒体播放器可以配置成向媒体装置发射信号,但是不从媒体装置接收信息(或者相反),或者在双向的情况下,媒体播放器和媒体装置都可以使它们之间能够接收和发射信号。 For example, in the case of unidirectional, the media player may be configured to transmit signals to the media device but not to receive information (or vice versa) from the media device, or in the case of bidirectional, media player and media device may be such that they capable of receiving and transmitting signals between. 信号可以是数据(模拟的、数字的)、功率(AC、DC)和/或等等。 Signals may be data (analog, digital), power (AC, DC), and / or the like. 在大部分情况下,数据对应于与媒体播放器相联系的数据,例如,音频、视频、图像等等。 In most cases, data corresponding to the data associated with the media player, e.g., audio, video, images, etc.

[0058] 媒体播放器152和媒体装置154都分别包括媒体端子158A和158B。 [0058] The media player 152 and the media device 154 can include a media terminal 158A and 158B. 媒体端子158可以提供媒体播放器152和媒体装置154之间的直接连接(例如,与媒体装置整体形成),或者它可以提供媒体播放器152和媒体装置154之间的间接连接(例如,独立装置)。 Media terminals 158 may provide a direct connection between the media player 152 and the media device 154 (e.g., integrally formed with the media device) or it may provide an indirect connection between the media devices 152 and media player 154 (e.g., a standalone device ). 媒体端子158通过一个或多个连接接口提供媒体链路156。 Media terminal 158 is connected through one or more interfaces 156 provide the media link. 像这样,媒体播放器152可以服务媒体装置154和/或媒体装置154可以服务媒体播放器152。 Thus, the media player 152 may serve the media devices 154 and / or media devices 154 may serve the media player 152. 与媒体端子158相联系的连接接口可以是有线或者无线连接接口。 Associated with the terminal 158 is connected to the media interface may be a wired or wireless connection interface.

[0059] 在有线连接中,媒体端子158配置成物理连接,以便把媒体播放器152操作耦合到媒体装置154。 [0059] In wired connections, the media terminals 158 configured to be physically connected to the media player 152 is operatively coupled to the media device 154. 例如,媒体播放器152和媒体装置154可以包括由连接器和端口构成的配套连接。 For example, the media player 152 and the media device 154 may include a mating connector and connected by a port configuration. 举例来说,连接接口可包括一个或多个以下接口:PS/2、串行、并行、网络(例如, 以太网、USB、Firewire和/或等等。连接接口还可以包括一个或多个远程接口、音频(数字的或者模拟的)接口、视频(数字的或者模拟的)接口和/或充电接口。在一个实施例中,媒体端子158B是扩展坞的一部分,它允许媒体播放器152与媒体装置154连接。扩展坞可以与媒体装置154整体形成,以此提供与媒体播放器152的直接连接,或者它可以是独立的装置,它在媒体播放器154和媒体装置152之间提供间接连接。 For example, the connection interface may include one or more of the following interfaces: PS / 2, serial, parallel, network (e.g., Ethernet, USB, Firewire and / or the like connected to the interface may also include one or more remote. interface, audio (digital or analog) interface, video (digital or analog) interface and / or charging interfaces. in one embodiment, the media terminal 158B is a part of a docking station that allows a media player 152 and media means 154 connected to the docking station may be integrally formed with the media device 154, thereby providing a direct connection with the media player 152, or it may be a separate device that provides an indirect connection between the media player 154 and the media device 152.

[0060] 在无线连接中,媒体端子158不物理连接。 [0060] In wireless connections, the media terminals 158 do not physically connected. 例如,媒体播放器152和媒体装置154可以包括接收机和发射机,用以在它们之间进行无线通信。 For example, the media player 152 and the media device 154 may include a receiver and transmitter for wireless communications therebetween. 举例来说,连接接口可以包括一个或多个以下接口:FM、RF、蓝牙、802. 11、UWB (超宽频带)、IR、磁链路(感应)和/或等等。 For example, the connection interface may include one or more of the following interfaces:. FM, RF, Bluetooth, 802 11, UWB (Ultra Wide Band), the IR, magnetic link (induction) and / or the like.

[0061] 简而言之,FM(频率调制)是一种通过改变交流(AC)波的瞬时频率把数据外加在交流(AC)波上的方法。 [0061] In brief, FM (frequency modulation) by changing an alternating current (AC) method of the instantaneous frequency of the wave applied to the data on the alternating current (AC) wave. 这个方案可以与模拟或者数字数据一起使用。 This scheme can be used with analog or digital data. RF —般指具有这种特性的交流AC :若向天线输入电流,则产生适宜于无线广播和/或通信的电磁场。 RF - generally refers to alternating current AC having such characteristics: if the input current to the antenna, an electromagnetic field is generated suitable for wireless broadcasting and / or communications. 与RF相联系的频率覆盖宽范围的电磁辐射频谱,例如,从约9kHz至数千GHz。 Frequencies associated with RF cover a wide range of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum, e.g., from about 9kHz to thousands of GHz. 蓝牙一般指一种计算和无线电通信行业规范,它描述移动电话、计算机和个人数字助理如何可以利用短程无线连接容易地彼此互联。 Bluetooth generally refers to a computing and radio communications industry specification that describes how mobile phones, computers and personal digital assistants can be easily connected to the short range wireless network to one another. 802. 11 一般指一族无线局域网(WLAN)的规范,由电气和电子工程师协会(IEEE)的工作组制订。 802.11 generally refers to a family of wireless local area network (WLAN) standard, developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Working Group Engineers (IEEE) is. UWB指用于以很低的用于短距离的功率在宽频带频谱上发射大量数字数据的无线技术。 UWB refers to a wireless technology for short-range low power transmitting large amounts of digital data over a wide band of spectrum. IR —般指通过红外辐射传送数据的无线技术。 IR - generally refers to a wireless technology for transmitting data by infrared radiation.

[0062] 图3和4分别是按照本发明若干实施例的扩展坞170和172的示图。 [0062] FIGS. 3 and 4 respectively illustrating the docking station 170 and 172 according to several embodiments of the present invention. 扩展坞170和172是硬件部件,它们包括一组连接接口,使媒体播放器174能够与通常不与媒体播放器174—起携带的其他媒体装置(未示出)通信。 The docking station 170 and 172 are hardware components that include a set of connection interfaces so that the media player 174 is typically not capable of other media with the media player device carried from 174- (not shown) communication. 就是说,扩展坞170和172使不然要通过媒体播放器174和/或其他媒体装置实现的附加功能可用。 That is, the docking station 170 and 172 to make the otherwise available through the media player 174 and / or other additional functionality implemented in the media device. 扩展坞170和172可以内置到媒体装置(例如,硬接线)中或者它们可以是通过分离的连接(例如,塞绳)连接到媒体装置的独立装置。 170 and docking station 172 may be built into the media device (e.g., hardwired) or they may be a separate device connected to the media device through a separate connection (e.g., cord). 举例来说,媒体播放器174 —般可以对应于图I所示的媒体播放器。 For example, the media player 174 - as may correspond to the media player I shown in FIG.

[0063] 如图所示,每个扩展坞包括外壳178。 [0063] As shown, each docking station includes a housing 178. 外壳178配置有能够接纳媒体播放器174、用以直接或者间接连接到媒体装置的媒体舱180。 Housing 178 is disposed capable of receiving the media player 174 for direct or indirect connection to a media device 180 of the media compartment. 媒体舱180包括在外壳178的表面184里的媒体舱开孔182。 Media bay 180 includes a housing 178 in the surface 184 of the opening 182 in the media bay. 媒体舱开孔182配置成物理接纳媒体播放器174。 Media bay opening 182 is configured to physically receive the media player 174. 换句话说,媒体播放器174可以插入媒体舱开孔182中。 In other words, the media player 174 may be inserted into the media bay opening 182. 媒体播放器174 —旦插入媒体舱开孔182 (如图3B和4B所示),由操作耦合到扩展坞170和172的媒体装置所提供的功能变得可被媒体播放器174使用。 Media player 174-- once inserted media bay opening 182 (FIG. 3B and 4B), the media device 170 and the docking station functions 172 provided by the operation of the coupling 174 may be used to become a media player. 另外,或者作为另一种方案,媒体播放器174所提供的功能可以由操作耦合到扩展坞170和172的媒体装置可用。 In addition, or as an alternative, the media player 174 functionality provided by the operator may be coupled to the docking station 172 and the media device 170 is available. 在大部分情况下,当媒体播放器174放入所插入的位置时,媒体播放器174的连接器186耦合到媒体舱180内相应的连接器188。 In most cases, when the media player 174 is inserted into position, the media player connector 174 is coupled to a corresponding connector 186 within the media bay 188 180. 当通过媒体舱180耦合到扩展坞170和172时,媒体播放器180实质上变成位置固定的装置(除非扩展坞刚好在另一移动装置中)。 When coupled to the docking station 170 and 172 through the media bay 180 when the media player 180 essentially becomes a fixed location device (unless the docking station happens to another mobile device). 当媒体播放器174被取出时,它再一次变成移动的。 When the media player 174 is taken out, it becomes mobile again. 正如应该理解的,扩展坞172和174让用户同时享有较小装置的便携性和扩展的可能性。 As should be understood, 172 and 174 docking station allows users to simultaneously enjoy portability and extended the possibility of a smaller device.

[0064] 扩展坞170和172的媒体舱180可以在宽的范围内改变。 [0064] The docking station 170 and the media 172 in compartments 180 can be varied within wide limits. 在大部分情况下,媒体舱开孔182的尺寸是按接纳媒体播放器174而确定的。 In most cases, the size of the media bay openings 182 are accepted by the media player 174 is determined. 就是说,媒体舱开孔182的内部周围表面的大小是按照接纳媒体播放器174的外围表面而确定的(允许一些公差)。 That is, the size of the inner peripheral surface of the media bay openings 182 are in accordance with the peripheral surface of the receiving media player 174 is determined (allowing some tolerance). 图3中,媒体舱180配置成接纳媒体播放器174的背端,而在图4中媒体舱180配置成接纳媒体播放器174的底端。 In FIG. 3, the media bay 180 is configured to receive the back end of the media player 174 is arranged to receive the bottom end of the media player 174 in FIG. 4 the media bay 180. 在任一,清况下,当媒体播放器174插入媒体舱180时,媒体播放器174上的连接器186都配置成与扩展坞170和172上的连接器188连接。 Any one, under clear conditions, when the media player 174 is inserted into the media bay 180 when the connector on the media players 174,186 are configured to be connected to the connector on the docking station 170 and 172 188. 插入的媒体播放器174相对于外壳178的位置可以在宽的范围内改变。 Inserted media player 174 relative to the housing 178 may be varied within wide limits. 例如,媒体舱180可以配置成接纳整个媒体播放器174,如图3所示,或者它可以配置成只接纳媒体播放器174的一部分,如图4所 For example, the media bay 180 may be configured to receive the entire media player 174, shown in Figure 3, or it may be configured to receive only a portion of the media player 174, as shown in FIG 4

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[0065] 插入的媒体播放器174通常保持在媒体舱180内,直至它从媒体舱180移除(例如,不会滑出来)。 [0065] The inserted media player 174 is typically retained within the media bay 180, 180 until it is removed (e.g., does not slide out) from the media bay. 例如,可以用诸如按扣、弹簧锁或者磁铁的保持机构来把媒体播放器174保持在媒体舱开孔182内。 For example, such a snap, or latch mechanism holding the magnet to the media player 174 within the media bay opening remains 182. 媒体播放器174还可以靠接合的连接器186/188的力量或者在它自己的重量(例如,重力)下保持在开孔182内。 Media player 174 may also be held within the aperture 182 against the force of engagement of the connector 186/188 or its own weight (e.g., gravity) below. 还可以另外使用弹出机构来从媒体舱180释放媒体播放器174(例如,克服任何保持力)。 Ejection mechanism may additionally be used to release the media player from the media bay 180 174 (e.g., to overcome any holding forces). 在一些情况下(如图3所示),向用户完全显露媒体播放器174的用户接口175,使得在它插入媒体舱180时用户可以伸到。 In some cases (see Figure 3), the user is entirely exposed to the media player 174 user interface 175, such that it is inserted in the media bay 180 when the user may extend. 在诸如这些的情况下,用户接口175 (例如,媒体播放器的正面)可以凹进去低于外壳178的外表面、与外壳178的外表面齐平,或者延伸高于外壳178的外表面。 In cases such as these, the user interface 175 (e.g., the front of the media player) may be recessed below the outer surface of the housing 178, the outer surface of the housing 178 flush, or extend above the outer surface of the housing 178. 在图3所不的实施例中,媒体播放器174的正面190基本上与外壳178的外表面184平齐。 In the FIG. 3 embodiment is not in the front 190 of the media player 174 is substantially flush with the outer surface 184 of the housing 178.

[0066] 图5是按照本发明一个实施例的媒体播放器/扩展坞系统200的框图。 [0066] FIG. 5 is a block diagram of a media player according to one embodiment of the present invention / docking station system 200. 系统200一般包括媒体播放器202和扩展坞204。 The system 200 generally includes a media player 202 and the docking station 204. 举例来说,媒体播放器和扩展坞可以对应于图3和4所示的媒体播放器和扩展坞。 For example, the media player and docking station may correspond to FIGS. 3 and 4, the media player and docking station shown in FIG. 如图所示,媒体播放器202包括处理器206(例如,CPU或者微处理器),配置成执行指令和执行与媒体播放器202相联系的操作。 As shown, the media player 202 includes a processor 206 (eg, CPU or microprocessor) configured to execute instructions, and executing the media player 202 and the associated operations. 例如,利用例如从存储器取出的指令,处理器206可以控制在媒体播放器202的部件之间的输入和输出数据的接收和处理。 For example, using, for example fetched from the instruction memory, control processor 206 may receive and process input and output data between components of the media player 202. 在大部分情况下,处理器206在操作系统或者其他软件的控制下执行指令。 In most cases, the processor 206 executes instruction under the control of an operating system or other software. 处理器206可以是单芯片处理器或者可以是用多部件实现。 The processor 206 may be a single-chip processor or can be implemented with multiple components.

[0067] 在大部分情况下,处理器206与操作系统一起运行来执行计算机代码并产生和使用数据。 [0067] In most cases, the processor 206 runs with the operating system to execute computer code and produce and use data. 计算机代码和数据可以驻留在操作耦合到处理器206的程序存储块208内。 The computer code and data may reside in a processor 206 operatively coupled to the program memory block 208. 程序存储块208 —般提供地方来保存系统200使用的数据。 The program storage block 208 - as provide a place to store data used by the system 200. 举例来说,程序存储块208可以包括只读存储器(ROM)、随机存取存储器(RAM)、硬盘驱动器、闪存存储器和/或等等。 For example, the program storage block 208 may include read only memory (ROM), a random access memory (RAM), a hard drive, flash memory, and / or the like. 正如一般众所周知的,RAM由处理器用作通用存储区域和作为便笺式存储器,并且还可以用来存储输入数据和处理的数据。 As is generally known, the RAM by the processor as a general storage area and as scratch-pad memory, and can also be used to store input data and processed data. ROM可以用来存储处理器遵循的指令或者程序代码以及其他数据。 ROM can be used to store instructions or program code followed by the processor as well as other data. 硬盘驱动器可以用来存储各种类型的数据,并可以允许快速存取大量存储的数据。 Hard disk drive can be used to store various types of data, and may allow quick access to large amounts of data storage. 计算机代码和数据还可以驻留在可拆程序介质中,并在需要时装入或者安装到计算机系统上。 The computer code and data could also reside in a separable program medium and loaded when needed or installed on a computer system. [0068] 在一个实施例中,程序存储块208配置成存储用于控制媒体播放器202中音频分布的音频程序。 [0068] In one embodiment, program storage block 208 is configured to store a program to control the media player 202. Audio audio distribution. 音频程序可以包含与也存储在存储块208中的歌曲相联系的歌曲列表。 The audio program may contain song lists associated with songs also stored in the memory block 208. 歌曲可以通过操作耦合到处理器206的用户接口210存取。 Songs may be coupled to the processor 206 to access the user interface 210 by the operation. 用户接口210可以包括:显示器,用以可视地显示歌曲列表(作为⑶I接口的一部分);和触摸板或者按钮,用以选择要播放的歌曲或者查看和/或定制歌曲列表,亦即,用户可以迅速地且方便地查看列表并在其上作出改变或者选择。 The user interface 210 may include: a display for visually displaying the song lists (as part of the interface ⑶I); and a touch panel, or buttons, to select the song to be played or to view and / or customized list of songs, i.e., the user you can quickly and easily make changes or to view the list and select it on.

[0069] 媒体播放器还包括操作I禹合到处理器206的输入/输出(I/O)控制器212。 [0069] The media player further includes an operation processor I and Yu to an input / output (I / O) controller 212 206. (I/O)控制器212可以与处理器206集成,或者它可以是分离的部件,如图所示。 (I / O) controller 212 may be integrated with processor 206, or it may be a separate member, as shown in FIG. I/O控制器212一般配置成控制与一个或多个可以耦合到媒体播放器202的媒体装置214的交互作用。 I / O controller 212 is generally configured to control one or more may be coupled to the media player 202, a media device 214 to interact. I/O控制器212 —般通过在媒体播放器202和希望与媒体播放器202通信的媒体装置214之间交换数据(和/或功率)运行。 I / O controller 212 - as in media communication by the media player 202 and the media player 202 with the desired exchanging data (and / or power) between the operating means 214. 在一些情况下,媒体装置214可以通过有线连接连接到I/O控制器212,并在其他情况下,媒体装置214可以通过无线连接连接到I/O控制器212。 In some cases, the media device 214 may be connected by a wired connection to the I / O controller 212, and in other cases, the media device connector 214 may be connected to the I / O controller 212 through wireless. 在所示实施例中,媒体装置214能够通过有线连接连接到I/O控制器212。 In the illustrated embodiment, the media device 214 can be connected to the I / O controller 212 through a wired connection.

[0070] 媒体播放器202还包括能够连接到位于扩展坞204内的相应的连接器218的连接器216。 [0070] The media player 202 further comprises a connector connectable to a corresponding connector located in the docking station 216 to 204,218. 扩展坞204通过转移电路220操作耦合到媒体装置214。 The docking station 204 is coupled through a transfer circuit 220 to the media device 214 operation. 转移电路220可以提供到媒体装置214的直接或者间接链路。 The transfer circuit 220 may provide a direct or indirect link to the media device 214. 例如,转移电路220可以硬接线到媒体装置214,例如当扩展坞204与媒体装置214集成时,或者它可以例如通过暂时插入媒体装置214的塞绳无源地接线。 For example, the transfer circuit 220 can be hard wired to the media device 214, such as when the integrated docking station 204 and the media device 214, or it may be, for example, by temporarily inserting the cord 214 media passively wiring devices.

[0071] 用来连接媒体播放器202和扩展坞204的连接器布置216/218可以在宽的范围内改变。 [0071] used to connect the media player 202 and the docking station connector 204 is disposed 216/218 may vary within wide limits. 但是,在所示实施例中,连接器布置216/218包括电源触点和数据触点。 However, in the embodiment illustrated embodiment, the connector arrangement 216/218 includes data contacts and power contacts. 媒体播放器202的电源触点222操作耦合到媒体播放器202的电池224,而媒体播放器202的数据触点226操作耦合到I/O控制器212。 The media player 222 of power contact 202 is operatively coupled to the battery 202 of the media player 224, the media player 226 of the data contact 202 is operatively coupled to the I / O controller 212. 正如应该理解的,连接器216的电源触点222A配置成与连接器218的电源触点222B接合,以便向媒体播放器202提供运行电源或者充电电源,而连接器216的数据触点226A配置成与连接器218的数据触点226B接合,以便提供往来于媒体播放器202的数据传输。 As should be appreciated, the connector 216 is configured to power contacts 222A and 222B engage the power contacts 218 of the connector to provide power to run or charge power supply 202 to the media player, and the data contacts 216 of the connector 226A is configured to 226B engage the data contacts with the connector 218, to provide data transmission to and from the media player 202. 数据触点可以在宽的范围内改变。 Data contacts can be varied within wide limits. 例如,它们可以配置成提供一种或多种数据传输功能,包括Firewire、USB、USB 2. O、以太网等等。 For example, they may be configured to provide one or more data transfer capabilities, including Firewire, USB, USB 2. O, Ethernet and the like. 连接器还可以包括各种各样的其他触点230,用以发射其他类型的数据,例如,遥控、视频(输入/输出)、音频(输入/输出)、模拟TV等等。 The connector may further comprise a variety of other contacts 230 for transmitting other types of data, e.g., a remote control, video (in / out), audio (in / out), analog TV and the like.

[0072] 图6A和6B是按照本发明一个实施例的连接器组件的引脚布置235的示图。 [0072] FIGS. 6A and 6B are disposed pin connector assembly according to one embodiment of the present invention 235 shown in FIG. 如图所示,布置235包括第一连接器236和第二连接器238。 As shown, the arrangement 235 includes a first connector 236 and second connector 238. 连接器236和238可以放入媒体播放器、扩展坞中,放在塞绳或者电缆末端和/或等等。 Connectors 236 and 238 can be placed in a media player, docking station, or a cable on the end of the cord and / or the like. 举例来说,连接器236和238 —般可以对应于图5的连接器216/218。 For example, the connectors 236 and 238 - as may correspond to the connector of FIG. 5 216/218. 第一和第二连接器236和238各自包括外壳240和242以及多个相应的触点244和246,当触点接合时,把连接器236和238操作耦合在一起。 First and second connectors 236 and 238 each include a housing 240 and 242 and a plurality of corresponding contacts 244 and 246 when the contacts engage, the connectors 236 and 238 are operatively coupled together. 外壳一般由诸如塑料的绝缘材料形成,而触点一般由诸如铜合金的导电材料形成。 The housing is generally formed of insulating material such as plastic and the contacts are generally formed of a conductive material such as copper alloy. 在所示实施例中,触点244从外壳240伸出,用以插入在外壳242内相应的凹进去的触点246 (例如,阴阳连接)。 Embodiment, the contacts 244,240 project from the housing, in the housing 242 for insertion into the respective concave contact 246 (e.g., male and female connectors) in the illustrated embodiment. 在一些情况下,触点244配置成紧密装入触点246,这样连接器保持在一起。 In some cases, the contact 244 is configured to closely contact 246 is loaded, so that the connector together. 另外,或者作为另一方案,连接器236和238可以包括锁定装置,用以把连接器锁定在一起。 Additionally, or as another embodiment, connectors 236 and 238 may include a locking means for locking the connectors together. 例如,连接器之一可以包括闩锁,它可接合到另一连接器的一部分或从其断开接合。 For example, one of the connectors may include a latch, which can be bonded to a portion of another connector or disengaged therefrom. 触点的配置可以在宽的范围内改变(例如,间隔、行数或者列数等)。 The contact configuration can be changed (e.g., interval, number of rows or columns, etc.) in a wide range. 在所示实施例中,触点是单行彼此隔开。 In the embodiment shown, a single line contacts are separated from each other. 连接器可以利用各种各样的技术制造。 The connector may utilize a variety of techniques. 举例来说,连接器可以利用类似于日本JAE所用的技术制造。 For example, the connector may utilize similar techniques as used for producing JAE of Japan.

[0073] 触点所携带的信号可以在宽的范围内改变。 [0073] The signal carried by the contacts may vary within wide limits. 例如,触点中的一部分可以专门用于Firewire信号,而另一部分可以专门用于USB信号。 For example, a portion of the contacts may be dedicated to Firewire signals while another portion may be dedicated to USB signals. 触点还可以用于接地、充电、供电、协议、附件识别、音频、线路输入、线路输出等等。 Grounding contacts may also be used, charging, power supply, protocol, accessory identification, audio, line-in, line out, etc. 附加的触点可以用于把连接器的外壳接地。 Additional contacts may be used to ground the connector housing. 触点的数目也可以在宽的范围内改变。 The number of contacts can be varied within wide limits. 数目一般取决于利用连接器支持装置所需要的信号。 The number generally depends on the signal by the connection apparatus required to support. 在一个实施例中,触点中的一些用来支持Firewire,而其他触点用来支持USB。 In one embodiment, some of the contacts to support Firewire, and other contacts to support USB. 在该实施例中,最小触点数目对应于支持这些装置所需要的数目。 In this embodiment, the minimum number of contacts corresponds to the number required to support these devices. 但是,在大部分情况下,触点数目往往大于这个数目(需要其他信号)。 However, in most cases, the number of contacts is often greater than this number (other signals needed). 在所示实施例中,每个连接器包括至少30个触点,包括Firewire触点、USB触点、接地触点、供电触点、保留触点等等。 In the illustrated embodiment, each of the connectors includes at least 30 contacts, including Firewire contacts, USB contacts, ground contacts, power contacts, reserved contacts and the like. 可以用的引脚数的示例可以在图6C中看出。 Example pin count can be used can be seen in Figure 6C. 尽管示出这个引脚数,应该指出,它不是限制性的,而且其中描述的功能的任何配置都可以使用。 Although this pin count is shown, it should be noted that it is not restrictive, and any configuration of the functions described may be used.

[0074] 图7A-E是按照本发明一个实施例的独立扩展坞250的示图。 [0074] FIGS. 7A-E are independently docking station according to an embodiment of the present invention is shown in FIG 250. 独立扩展坞250使媒体播放器252能够与其他)媒体装置(未示出通信。所谓独立,是想要说,它与媒体装置物理分离但是操作可连接到媒体装置(而不是与其集成)。如图所示,扩展坞250包括外壳·254,它内部装有各种电部件和结构部件,而且限定扩展坞250的形状或者形式。外壳的形状可以在宽的范围内改变。例如,它可以是矩形、圆形、三角形、立方形等等。在所示实施例中,夕卜壳254具有具有矩形形状。外壳254可以通过一个或多个外壳部件形成。例如,如图所示,外壳254可以由顶构件256和底构件258组成。构件256和258连接的方式可以在宽的范围内改变(例如,螺丝、螺栓、按扣、H锁等)。 Independent docking station 250 so that the media player 252 capable other) media devices (not shown communication called independent, want to say, it means a physical media may be separate, but connected to a media operation unit (not integrated with). As As shown in FIG docking station includes a housing 250 · 254, with its internal various electrical and structural components, but also defines the shape or form of the docking station 250. the shape of the housing can vary within wide limits. For example, it may be a rectangular, circular, triangular, cubical, etc. in the illustrated embodiment, Xi Bu housing 254 has a rectangular shape having a housing 254 may be formed by one or more housing components. For example, as shown, the housing 254 may by the top member 256 and bottom member 258 components. 258 connecting member 256 and the embodiment may be varied (e.g., screws, bolts, snaps, H locks, etc.) in a wide range.

[0075] 在外壳的顶面260内,如图7A,7B和7E所示,设有媒体舱开孔262,用以物理接纳媒体播放器252的底部264。 [0075] in the top surface of the housing 260, as shown in Figure 7A, 7B and 7E, with the media bay openings 262, 264 for physically receiving a bottom 252 of the media player. 如图所示,媒体舱开孔262具有与媒体播放器252的形状一致的形状,亦即,媒体播放器252的底部264可以插入媒体舱开孔262内。 As shown, the media bay openings 262 have a uniform shape of the media player 252 with a shape, i.e., the bottom 252 of the media player 264 may be inserted into the media bay opening 262. 开孔262的深度一般配置成保持媒体播放器252的用户接口是用户显露的。 The depth of the opening 262 is generally configured to hold the media player user interface 252 is exposed to the user. 开孔262可以垂直或者倾斜。 Apertures 262 may be perpendicular or oblique. 如图7E所示,开孔262是倾斜的,使得媒体播放器252以倾斜位置搁入扩展坞250内。 7E, the opening 262 is inclined so that the media player 252 rests in a tilted position into the docking station 250. 正如应该理解的,倾斜的媒体播放器252较容易使用(例如,更符合人类工程学)。 As should be understood, slanted media player 252 is easier to use (for example, more ergonomic). 倾斜可以在宽的范围内改变。 The inclination can be varied within wide limits. 例如,它可以使媒体播放器252倾斜约5度到约25度,更具体地说,约15度。 For example, it can make the media player 252 is inclined approximately 5 degrees to about 25 degrees, more specifically, about 15 degrees.

[0076] 在开孔262内设有第一连接器266,用以与设置在媒体播放器252底面的相应的连接器接合。 [0076] The connector 266 has a first engaged to the corresponding connector disposed in the media player 252 in the bottom surface of the opening 262 site. 第一连接器266通常通过外壳254显露,使得媒体播放器连接器可以与之接合。 The first connector 266 is typically exposed through the housing 254, such that the media player connector can engage therewith. 举例来说,连接器布置可以对应于图6所示的连接器布置。 For example, the connector arrangement may correspond to the connector arrangement shown in Fig. 在所示实施例中,媒体播放器连接器是阴端口,而扩展坞连接器266是阳插头。 In the illustrated embodiment, the media player connector is a female port and the docking station connector 266 is a male plug. 插头的尺寸一般定得紧紧地装配在端口内,以便牢固媒体播放器252和扩展坞250之间的连接(例如,除连接器外没有联锁)。 The size is generally given plug tightly fitted within the port, so that the secure connection between the media player 250 and the docking station 252 (e.g., no interlock except for connector). 一般倾斜第一连接器266成类似于开孔262的角度,使得当媒体播放器252滑入开孔262时第一连接器和媒体播放器连接器之间发生接合。 Usually the first connector 266 is inclined to an angle similar to opening 262, such that when the media player 252 slide occurs between the first connector and the media player connector when the engagement aperture 262. 正如应该理解的,开孔262的两侧用来引导将连接器放入正确的接合位置。 As should be appreciated, the opening 262 for guiding both sides of the connector in the correct engagement position.

[0077] 第一连接器266可以操作耦合到一个或多个第二连接器,其中每个都可以用来连接某一外部装置,诸如媒体装置、电源插头等等。 [0077] The first connector 266 may be operatively coupled to one or more second connectors, each of which can be used to connect to some external device, such as a media device, power plug and the like. 在一些情况下,通过第一连接器266的信息被引导到单个第二连接器,而在其他情况下,信息被分开进入多个第二连接器。 In some cases, the information 266 is directed to a single second connector through the first connector, while in other cases, the information is divided into the plurality of second connectors. 例如,单个连接器266的触点可以分开进入不同的连接器,诸如一个或多个数据线路、电源线路、音频线路等等。 For example, a single connector contacts 266 may be separated into the different connectors, such as one or more data lines, power lines, audio lines and the like. 第二连接器可以类似于第一连接器,或者它们可以是不同的。 The second connector may be similar to the first connector, or they may be different. 另外,多个第二连接器可以是类似的,或者它们可以彼此不同。 Further, a plurality of second connectors may be similar, or they may be different from each other. 第二连接器也通过外壳显露。 The second connector also exposed through the housing. 在一些情况下,第二连接器间接耦合到扩展坞250。 In some cases, the second connector is coupled indirectly to the docking station 250. 例如,它们可以通过附于扩展坞250上的塞绳或者电缆耦合到扩展坞250。 For example, they can be attached to the cord or cable 250 is coupled to the dock 250 dock. 塞绳的一端耦合到扩展坞250,而包括第二连接器的另一端自由地与外部装置接合。 One end of the cord is coupled to the docking station 250, and the other end of the second connector comprises a freely engage with an external device. 在其他情况下,第二连接器直接耦合到扩展坞250。 In other cases, the second connector 250 is directly coupled to the docking station. 例如,它们可以在不利用塞绳或电缆的情况下附于扩展坞250的一部分上。 For example, they may be attached to a portion of the docking station 250 without using a cord or cable. 在诸如这些的情况下,第二连接器自由地直接接合到外部装置,或者它们可以通过可拆的塞绳或者电缆耦合。 In cases such as these, consisting of the second connector directly bonded to an external device, or they may be coupled through a cable or cord detachable. 作为另一方案或者另外,塞绳本身可以用来分开信息,亦即,Y塞绳或者电缆。 As a further embodiment or additionally, the cord itself may be used to separate the information, i.e., Y cord or cable.

[0078] 扩展坞250的内部部件可以清楚地在图7C中看出。 [0078] The internal components of the docking station 250 can be clearly seen in FIG. 7C. 图7C示出扩展坞250,外壳254的顶构件256被拆除。 7C shows the docking station 250, a top member 256 of the housing 254 is removed. 如图所示,内部部件包括至少第一连接器266和第二连接器268 (两个都可以对应于图6所示的连接器布置)。 As shown, the inner member comprising at least a first connector 266 and second connector 268 (both may correspond to the connector arrangement shown in FIG. 6). 内部部件还可以包括音频输出连接器270。 The internal member may further include an audio output connector 270. 连接器266-270通过软(flex)电缆272连接。 266-270272 connector connected by flexible (flex) cable. 连接器266-270放置在一个或多个附于外壳254的底构件258的印刷电路板274上。 266-270 connector is placed on the printed circuit board 274 is attached to one or more bottom member 254 to the housing 258. 第一连接器266位于将它放置在外壳254的开孔262内的位置上(如图7B所示)。 The first connector 266 is located in place it in position within the aperture 262 of the housing 254 (FIG. 7B). 第二连接器268和音频输出连接器270位于将它们放入外壳254的背部开孔276内的位置上,用以由此连接外部(如图7D所示)。 The second connector 268 and the audio output connector 270 located at the back thereof into position within the opening 254 of the housing 276, thereby connected to the outside (FIG. 7D). 还包含在外壳254内的是压载物278,它使扩展坞250能够在媒体播放器252插入其中时支持它。 Also contained within the housing 254 is a ballast 278, docking station 250 so that it can support the media player 252 when inserted therein. 还可以在软电缆272之上放置EMI屏蔽以提供屏蔽。 EMI shield can also be placed on the flexible cable 272 to provide shielding.

[0079] 图8是按照本发明一个实施例的图7的扩展坞250使用时的例图。 [0079] FIG. 8 is a diagram of one embodiment of a docking station according to embodiment 7 of the present invention is used at 250 of FIG. 如图所示,扩展坞250通过电缆282操作耦合到媒体装置280,亦即,电缆282的第一端与扩展坞250的第二连接器268接合,而电缆282的第二端与放置在媒体装置280上的连接器接合。 As shown, the docking station 250 is operatively coupled by a cable 282 to the media device 280, i.e., a first end of the cable 282 and the docking station 268 of the second connector 250 engages the second end of cable 282 is placed in the media engagement means on the connector 280. 另外,媒体播放器252通过上述连接器布置操作耦合到扩展坞250,亦即,媒体播放器252放置在扩展坞250的媒体舱开孔262中,使得这些连接器接合。 Further, the media player 252 via the connector arrangement operatively coupled to the docking station 250, i.e., the media player 252 is placed in the media bay opening 262 in the docking station 250, such that the connectors engaged. 通过这些连接,媒体播放器252可以与媒体装置280通信,亦即,可以在它们之间传送数据和/或功率。 By these connections, the media player 252 may communicate with the media device 280, i.e., may transmit data and / or power therebetween. 在所示实施例中,媒体播放器252是音乐播放器,而媒体装置280是台式计算机。 In the illustrated embodiment, the media player 252 is a music player and the media device 280 is a desktop computer. 像这样,用户,例如,利用媒体播放器252上的用户接口,可以通过扩展坞250在媒体播放器252和台式计算机280之间上载或者下载歌曲。 As such, the user, e.g., using a media player on the user interface 252, docking station 250 through the media player 252 and the desktop computer 280 to upload or download songs. 当上载和下载完成时,用户可以只是把媒体播放器252从扩展坞250移除并走开。 When upload and download is complete, the user may simply put the media player 252 is removed from the docking station 250 and walk away.

[0080] 图9A-9C分别是按照本发明若干实施例的可以与图7的扩展坞250 —起使用的电缆适配器300、302和304的示图。 [0080] Figures 9A-9C are, respectively, an embodiment of the docking station 250 of FIG. 7 may be in several of the present invention - the cable adapter 300, 302 and 304 shown in FIG from use. 在所有三幅图中,电缆适配器300、302和304都包括扩展坞连接器306。 In all three figures, the cable adapters 300, 302 and 304 include a docking station connector 306. 扩展坞连接器306配置成由扩展坞250的第二连接器268接纳。 The docking station connector 306 is configured to receive the second connector 250 by the docking station 268. 尽管这个连接器布置可以在宽的范围内改变,但是在所示实施例中,连接器布置对应于图6所示的连接器布置。 Although this connector arrangement may vary within wide limits, but in the illustrated embodiment, the connector arrangement corresponds to the connector shown in FIG. 6 are arranged.

[0081 ] 如图9A所示,电缆适配器300包括电缆308。 [0081] As shown in FIG. 9A, the cable adapter 300 includes a cable 308. 扩展坞连接器306设置在电缆308的一端,而媒体装置连接器310设置在电缆308的另一端。 Dock Connector 306 provided at one end of the cable 308, the media device connector 310 is provided at the other end of the cable 308. 媒体装置连接器310可以在宽的范围内改变。 Media device connector 310 can be varied within wide limits. 例如,它可以对应于电源连接器、Firewire连接器、USB连接器等等。 For example, it may correspond to a power connector, Firewire connector, USB connector and the like. 它还可以对应于类似于扩展坞连接器的连接器。 It can also correspond to a connector similar to the docking station connector. 在所示实施例中,媒体装置连接器310是Firewire连接器。 In the illustrated embodiment, the media device connector 310 is a Firewire connector. 图9D所示的电缆适配器300的示例包括利用图6C引脚数的扩展坞连接器306和利用6引脚Firewire的媒体装置连接器310。 FIG. 9D exemplary cable adapter 300 shown in FIG pin count 6C includes using a docking station connector 306 using a 6 pin Firewire and a media device connector 310. [0082] 参考图9B,电缆适配器302包括一对电缆312和314。 [0082] Referring to Figure 9B, the cable adapter 302 includes a pair of cables 312 and 314. 扩展坞连接器306设置在电缆312和314的一端,而多个媒体装置连接器316设置在电缆312和314的另一端。 Dock Connector 306 provided at one end of the cables 312 and 314, and a plurality of media device connectors 316 provided at the other end of the cable 312 and 314. 每个媒体装置连接器312和314都可以在宽的范围内改变。 Each media device connectors 312 and 314 can be varied within wide limits. 例如,它们可以对应于电源连接器、Firewire连接器、USB连接器等等。 For example, they may correspond to a power connector, Firewire connector, USB connector and the like. 在所示实施例中,第一媒体装置连接器316A是电源连接器,而第二媒体装置连接器316B是USB连接器。 In the illustrated embodiment, the first media device connector 316A is a power connector and the second media device connector 316B is a USB connector.

[0083] 如图9C所示,电缆适配器304配置成与车用立体声系统一起使用。 [0083] 9C, the cable adapter 304 configured for use with a car stereo system. 电缆适配器包括电缆318。 Cable adapter includes a cable 318. 扩展坞连接器306设置在电缆318的一端,而媒体装置连接器320设置在电缆318的另一端。 Dock Connector 306 provided at one end of the cable 318, the media device connector 320 is provided at the other end of the cable 318. 在该特定的实施例中,媒体装置连接器320采取盒带的形式,用以插入车用立体声系统的盒式录音座。 In this particular embodiment, the media device connector 320 in the form of cassettes for insertion into the car stereo system cassette tape deck. 电缆适配器304还包括电源适配器插头322,配置用以插入车用电源插孔(例如,点烟器)。 Cable Adapter 304 further includes a power adapter plug 322 configured for insertion into a car power jack (e.g., cigarette lighter). 电源适配器插头322从扩展坞连接器306伸出。 The power adapter plug 322 projecting from the docking station connector 306. 为了使用电缆适配器304,用户只要把电源适配器插头322放入电源插孔(这支持扩展坞以及通过它提供电源,用以向媒体播放器供电或者充电),并将媒体装置连接器320放入车用立体声系统的盒式录音座。 To use the cable adapter 304, the user as long as the power adapter 322 into the power jack (this supports the docking station as well as providing power by which to charge or power to the media player) and the media device connector 320 into the car cassette tape deck stereo system. 然后用户可以利用媒体播放器的用户接口选择通过车用立体声系统要播放的歌曲。 The user can then use the media player's user interface by selecting a song car stereo system to play.

[0084] 尽管电缆适配器示为扩展坞分离的部件,但是应该指出,在一些实施例中,它们可以集成在一起。 [0084] Although shown as a cable adapter member separate docking station, it should be noted that in some embodiments, they may be integrated together. 就是说,不是具有扩展坞连接器,而是电缆的两端可以附于扩展坞上。 That is, instead of having a docking station connector, but the ends of the cable may be attached to the docking station.

[0085] 参考图10-14,将较详细地描述集成扩展坞。 [0085] Referring to FIG 10-14, will be described in more detail with integrated docking station. 类似独立扩展坞,集成扩展坞使媒体播放器能够与其他媒体装置通信。 Similarly independent docking station, the integrated docking station so that the media player can communicate with other media devices. 但是,与独立扩展坞不同,集成扩展坞是与媒体装置集成或者内置到媒体装置中。 However, different from independent docking station, the integrated docking station is integrated with or built into the media device media device. 正如应该理解的,集成扩展坞的电部件和结构部件通常通过媒体装置的外壳包覆,亦即,扩展坞没有它们自己的外壳。 As should be appreciated, the integrated docking station electrical and structural components, typically by means of a housing cover media, i.e., the docking station without their own housing. 媒体装置的外壳通常还限定媒体舱,其中放置媒体播放器用以连接到媒体装置。 The housing further defines a media device media typically compartment, wherein the media player is placed for connection to a media device. 就是说,媒体装置本身包括一个或多个用以接纳媒体播放器的媒体舱。 That is, the media device itself comprises one or more of the media player to receive a media compartment. 媒体舱通常从外面可伸到媒体播放器,使得媒体播放器可以容易地插入媒体舱或者从媒体舱移除。 Media typically compartment out into the media player from the outside, so that the media player can be easily inserted or removed from the media bay media compartment. 媒体舱可以是以前描述的那些中的任何一种。 Media bay can be any of those previously described. 媒体播放器可移动性使媒体播放器能够以灵活的方式支持各种各样不同类型的媒体装置。 Removable media player of media players can make a flexible way to support a variety of different types of media devices. 举例来说,媒体装置可以对应于台式计算机、笔记本计算机、家用音响系统、车用音响系统、便携式音响系统、家庭影院系统、视频投影机、显示器、录音或录像设备、摄像机(例如,照片、视频)、电话机等等。 For example, the media devices may correspond to desktop computers, notebook computers, home sound systems, car sound systems, portable sound systems, home theater systems, video projectors, displays, audio or video equipment, cameras (e.g., photos, videos ), telephones and so on. 它们还可以包括外围计算装置,诸如扫描仪、打印机、键盘等等。 They may also include peripheral computing devices, such as scanners, printers, keyboards and the like.

[0086] 图10是按照本发明一个实施例的带有集成扩展坞352的笔记本计算机350。 [0086] FIG. 10 is a notebook computer 350 with an integrated docking station 352 in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. 笔记本计算机350包括盖子354和基座356。 The computer 350 includes a lid 354 and a base 356. 扩展坞352集成在基座356内。 The docking station 352 is integrated within the base 356. 扩展坞352包括媒体舱358,它可以放在基座356上的任何位置,例如,两侧、顶面、正面、背面或者底面。 The docking station 352 includes a media bay 358, it can be placed anywhere on the base 356, e.g., sides, top, front, back or bottom surface. 媒体舱358可以配置成接纳媒体播放器359的任何表面,只要在媒体播放器359和扩展坞352之间进行连接。 Media bay 358 may be configured to receive any surface of a media player 359, as long as the connection between the media player 359 and the docking station 352. 例如,如图3所示它可以配置成接纳媒体播放器的背部,或者如图4所示它可以配置成接纳媒体播放器的底部。 For example, it is shown in Figure 3 may be configured to receive the back of the media player, as shown in FIG. 4 or it may be configured to receive the bottom of the media player. 在所示实施例中,媒体舱358配置成接纳媒体播放器359的背部,于是向用户显露媒体播放器359的用户接口。 In the illustrated embodiment, the media bay 358 is configured to receive the back of the media player 359, the media player thus revealing a user interface 359 to the user. 在一些情况下,用户接口可以是笔记本计算机350的初级用户接口。 In some cases, the user interface may be a computer interface 350 of the primary user. 例如,图I所示的媒体播放器的触摸板可以用来在笔记本计算机350上执行动作。 For example, as shown in FIG media player I can be used to perform a touch panel operation on a computer 350. 举例来说,笔记本计算机可以对应于CA Cupertino的AppleComputer制造的任何笔记本计算机。 For example, the computer may correspond to any computer CA Cupertino AppleComputer manufactured.

[0087] 图11是按照本发明一个实施例的带有集成扩展坞362的通用计算机360的透视示图。 [0087] FIG. 11 is a perspective view of a general purpose computer docking station 362 is integrated with a diagram 360 of one embodiment according to the embodiment of the present invention. 计算机360 —般包括基座364和操作耦合到基座364的显示器366。 Computer 360 - as including a base 364 coupled to the base 364 and the operation display 366. 基座364和显示器366可以是分离的部件,亦即,它们各自有它们自己的外壳,正如在传统的计算机中,或者它们可以集成到单个外壳中以形成一体机(如图所示)。 The base 364 and the display 366 may be a separate member, i.e., they each have their own housing, as in the conventional computer, or they may be integrated into a single housing to form an integral unit (as shown). 扩展坞362集成在基座364内。 The docking station 362 is integrated within the base 364. 扩展坞362包括媒体舱368,它可以放在基座上的任何位置,例如,两侧、顶面、正面、背面或者底面。 The docking station 362 includes a media bay 368, it can be placed anywhere on the base, for example, the sides, top, front, back or bottom surface. 媒体舱368可以配置成接纳媒体播放器369的任何表面,只要在媒体播放器369和扩展坞362之间进行连接。 Media bay 368 may be configured to receive any surface of a media player 369, as long as the connection between the media player 369 and the docking station 362. 例如,它可以配置成接纳媒体播放器的背部,如图3所示,或者它可以配置成接纳媒体播放器的底部,如图4所示。 For example, it may be configured to receive the back of the media player, as shown in Figure 3, or it may be configured to receive the bottom of the media player, as shown in FIG. 在所示实施例中,媒体舱368配置成接纳媒体播放器369的底部。 In the illustrated embodiment, the media bay 368 is configured to receive a bottom portion 369 of the media player. 在一些情况下,媒体播放器369的用户接口可以是显露的,而在其他情况下,用户接口可以完全被覆盖在媒体舱358内。 In some cases, the user interface of the media player 369 may be exposed, while in other cases, the user interface may be completely covered within the media bay 358. 举例来说,通用计算机可以对应于CA Cupertino的Apple Computer制造的任何通用计算机。 For example, a general purpose computer may correspond to any CA Cupertino general purpose computer manufactured by Apple Computer.

[0088] 图12是按照本发明一个实施例的带有集成扩展坞372的音响系统370的正视图。 [0088] FIG. 12 is a sound system with an integrated docking station 372 according to one embodiment of the present invention, a front view 370 of FIG. 音响系统可以在宽的范围内改变。 Audio system can be varied within wide limits. 例如,它可以是基本上固定的或者便携式单元。 For example, it may be a substantially fixed or portable unit. 在所示实施例中,音响系统370是平板单元,它包括基座374和一对扬声器376。 In the illustrated embodiment, the sound system 370 is a flat plate unit 374 includes a base 376 and a pair of speakers. 扩展坞372集成在基座374内。 The docking station 372 is integrated within the base 374. 扩展坞372包括媒体舱378,它可以放在基座374上的任何位置,例如,两侦U、顶面、正面、背面或者底面。 The docking station 372 includes a media bay 378, it can be placed anywhere on the base 374, e.g., two investigation U, top, front, back or bottom surface. 媒体舱378可以配置成接纳媒体播放器379的任何表面,只要在媒体播放器379和扩展坞372之间进行连接。 Media bay 378 may be configured to receive any surface of a media player 379, as long as the connection between the media player 379 and the docking station 372. 例如,它可以配置成接纳媒体播放器的背部,如图3所示,或者它可以配置成接纳媒体播放器的底部,如图4所示。 For example, it may be configured to receive the back of the media player, as shown in Figure 3, or it may be configured to receive the bottom of the media player, as shown in FIG. 在所示实施例中,媒体舱378配置成接纳媒体播放器379的背部。 In the illustrated embodiment, the media bay 378 is configured to receive the back of the media player 379. 在一些情况下,媒体播放器379的用户接口可以是音响系统370的初级用户接口,而在其他情况下,用户接口次于音响系统370的用户接口。 In some cases, the media player user interface 379 may be a sound system of primary user interface 370, while in other cases, the user interface user interface inferior sound system 370.

[0089] 图13是按照本发明一个实施例的带有集成扩展坞382的照片显示器380。 [0089] FIG. 13 is a photograph with an integrated docking station 382 of a display 380 according to the embodiment of the present invention. 照片显示器380配置成展示一个或多个图像。 Photo display 380 is configured to display one or more images. 例如,照片显示器可以设置在桌子上或者放在墙壁上,以用受控的方式显示一张或多张家庭照片。 For example, the photo display may be provided on a table or on a wall to display one or more picture Zhangjia Ting controlled manner. 照片显示器380 —般包括基座384和设置在基座384中的显示器386。 Photo display 380 - as including a base 384 and a display 384 disposed in the base 386. 扩展坞382集成在基座384内。 The docking station 382 is integrated within the base 384. 扩展坞382包括媒体舱388,它可以放在基座384上的任何位置,例如,两侧、顶面、正面、背面或者底面。 The docking station 382 includes a media bay 388, it can be placed anywhere on the base 384, e.g., sides, top, front, back or bottom surface. 媒体舱388可以配置成接纳媒体播放器389的任何表面,只要在媒体播放器389和扩展坞382之间进行连接。 Media bay 388 may be configured to receive any surface of a media player 389, as long as the connection between the media player 389 and the docking station 382. 例如,它可以配置成接纳媒体播放器的背部,如图3所示,或者它可以配置成接纳媒体播放器的底部,如图4所示。 For example, it may be configured to receive the back of the media player, as shown in Figure 3, or it may be configured to receive the bottom of the media player, as shown in FIG. 在所示实施例中,媒体舱388配置成接纳媒体播放器389的背部。 In the illustrated embodiment, the media bay 388 is configured to receive the back of the media player 389. 在一些情况下,媒体播放器389的用户接口可以是照片显示系统的初级用户接口,而在其他情况下,用户接口次于照片显示系统的用户接口。 In some cases, the media player user interface 389 may be the primary user interface of the photo display system, while in other cases, the user interface displays a user interface system is inferior to the picture.

[0090] 图14是按照本发明一个实施例的带有集成扩展坞392的移动无线电设备390。 [0090] FIG. 14 is a mobile radio 390 with an integrated docking station 392 according to an embodiment according to the present invention. 移动无线电设备使用户能够连接到在本地区的其他用户,例如,当两方都在室外的不同位置时。 Mobile radio device enables the user to connect to other users in the region, for example, when the two parties are in a different position when outdoors. 例如,移动无线电设备可以提供语音通信、消息传送(传呼机、电子邮件)、数字单向无线电(一对一和组)、数字双向无线电(一对一和组)、数据业务(无线web和私有网络)。 For example, the mobile radio may provide voice communications, messaging (pager, email), digital one way radio (one to one and group), digital two-way radio (one to one and group), data services (wireless web and private The internet). 在一个实施例中,移动无线电设备390使媒体播放器399起移动广播台的作用。 In one embodiment, the mobile radio 390 that the media player 399 play a role of a mobile broadcasting station. 例如,用户可以在本地区或者在本地网络内从媒体播放器399向其他媒体装置广播音乐。 For example, the user may be in the region or on a local network 399 music from the media player to other broadcast media device. 移动无线电设备390—般包括基座394,它包括无线电设备的广播部件(例如,天线、发射机、接收机、音量控制、静噪控制、频率控制等)。 Mobile radio 390- 394 generally includes a base, which includes a broadcasting means (e.g., an antenna, a transmitter, receiver, volume control, squelch controls, frequency controls, etc.) radios.

[0091] 扩展坞392集成在基座394内。 [0091] The docking station 392 is integrated within the base 394. 扩展坞392包括媒体舱398,它可以放在基座上的任何位置,例如,两侧、顶面、正面、背面或者底面。 The docking station 392 includes a media bay 398, it can be placed anywhere on the base, for example, the sides, top, front, back or bottom surface. 媒体舱398可以配置成接纳媒体播放器399的任何表面,只要在媒体播放器399和扩展坞392之间进行连接。 Media bay 398 may be configured to receive any surface of a media player 399, as long as the connection between the media player 399 and the docking station 392. 例如,它可以配置成接纳媒体播放器的背部,如图3所示,或者它可以配置成接纳媒体播放器的底部,如图4所示。 For example, it may be configured to receive the back of the media player, as shown in Figure 3, or it may be configured to receive the bottom of the media player, as shown in FIG. 在所示实施例中,媒体舱398配置成接纳媒体播放器399的背部,这样向用户显露用户接口。 In the illustrated embodiment, the media bay 398 is configured to receive the back of the media player 399, thus revealing a user interface to a user. 像这样,用户可以选择歌曲,并且此后向网络中的其他用户广播它。 In this way, the user can select a song, and thereafter broadcast it to other users in the network.

[0092] 尽管移动无线电设备和媒体装置示为分离的装置,但是应该指出,它们可以集成从而消除对扩展坞的需要。 [0092] Although the mobile radio and media device are shown as separate devices, it should be noted that they may be integrated thus eliminating the need for a docking station. 例如,无线电广播部件,诸如接收机、发射机、麦克风、扬声器等等可以内置到例如图I所示的媒体播放器媒体播放器中。 For example, radio broadcasting components such as receivers, transmitters, microphones, speakers, etc. may be built into the media player, for example, the media player I shown in FIG. 无线电广播部件可以在宽的范围内改变。 Radio member can be varied within wide limits. 例如,它们可以与这些技术相联系,包括FM、RF、蓝牙、802. 11、UWB (超宽频带)、IR、磁链路(感应)和/或等等。 For example, they may be associated with these technologies including FM, RF, Bluetooth, 802. 11, UWB (Ultra Wide Band), the IR, magnetic link (induction) and / or the like.

[0093] 图15是按照本发明一个实施例的无线通信系统400的示图。 [0093] FIG. 15 is a wireless communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention is shown in FIG 400. 无线通信系统400 一般包括媒体播放器402和一个或多个媒体装置404。 The wireless communication system 400 generally includes a media player 402 and one or more media devices 404. 媒体播放器402配置成通过无线通信链路406向媒体装置404发送媒体,而媒体装置404配置成在无线通信链路406上接收由媒体播放器402发送的媒体。 Media player 402 is configured to send the media 404 through a wireless communication link 406 to the media device, the media device 404 configured to receive the media sent by the media player 402 over a wireless communication link 406. 媒体播放器实质上配置成起个人发射台的作用,使得用户可以向其他装置发射存储在媒体播放器上的媒体。 Media Player to play the role of the individual configuration substantially transmitting station, so that the user can transmit media to other devices stored on the media player. 在一些情况下,媒体装置404还可以向媒体播放器402发送媒体,而媒体播放器402还可以接收来自媒体装置404的媒体。 In some cases, the media device 404 may also send media to the media player 402, the media player 402 may also receive media from the media device 404. 举例来说,媒体一般可以对应于音频、视频、图像、文本等等。 For example, the media may generally correspond to audio, video, images, text, and so on.

[0094] 为了发送和接收媒体,播放器和装置402和404 —般包括发射机、接收机或者收发机以及某类天线。 [0094] In order to send and receive media player devices 402 and 404, and - as comprising a transmitter, a receiver or a transceiver as well as certain types of antennas. 媒体一般通过发射机发送,并且媒体一般通过接收机接收。 Typically by a transmitter transmitting medium, and the media is generally received via the receiver. 在一个实施例中,媒体播放器包括发射机,而媒体装置包括接收机(用于单向通信)。 In one embodiment, the media player includes a transmitter while the media devices include a receiver (for one way communications). 在另一个实施例中,两个装置都包括收发机(用于双向通信)。 In another embodiment, both devices include a transceiver (for two-way communication). 天线可以完全包含在播放器/装置402和404内,或者它们可以伸出到装置外面(如图所示)。 The antenna may be fully contained within the player / devices 402 and 404, or they may protrude to the outside of the device (as shown). 举例来说,无线通信链路可以对应于FM、RF、蓝牙、802. 11、UWB (超宽频带)、IR (红外)、磁链路(感应)和/或等等。 For example, the wireless communication link may correspond to FM, RF, Bluetooth, 802. 11, UWB (ultra wide band), IR (infrared), magnetic link (induction) and / or the like.

[0095] 媒体播放器402可以在宽的范围内改变。 [0095] Media player 402 can be varied within wide limits. 在所示实施例中,媒体播放器对应于图I所示的媒体播放器。 In the illustrated embodiment, the media player corresponds to the media player I shown in FIG. 媒体装置404也可以在宽的范围内改变。 Media device 404 may also vary within wide limits. 这些装置一般取决于由媒体播放器402发送的媒体的类型。 These devices generally depend on the type of the media player 402 sends media. 举例来说,媒体装置404 —般可以对应于个人移动无线电设备404A、个人调谐装置404B、个人显示装置404C等等。 For example, media device 404 - as may correspond to a personal mobile radio 404A, a personal tuning device 404B, a personal display device 404C and the like. 个人一般指这些装置涉及特定用户的事实。 Personal generally refers to the fact that these devices are related to a particular user. 在一个实施例中,这些装置是手持式装置,其大小用以放入用户的口袋。 In one embodiment, the device is a handheld device, to put the size of the user's pocket. 通过设置成口袋大小,用户不必直接携带该装置,因此几乎可以把该装置带到用户所到的任何位置。 Provided by a pocket sized, the user does not have to directly carry the device and therefore the device can be taken almost anywhere the user to.

[0096] 个人移动无线电设备404A —般包括麦克风和扬声器(或者音频插孔),以便能够进行语音通信。 [0096] Personal mobile radios 404A - generally include a microphone and a speaker (or audio jack) in order to enable voice communication. 移动无线电设备可以基于即按即说(push to talk,PTT),由此按下按钮便打开从移动无线电设备到媒体播放器的通信线路。 The mobile radio device may then open a communication line from the mobile radio device to the media player based on PoC (push to talk, PTT), thereby pressing the button. 移动无线电设备通常包括天线,诸如粗糙橡胶鸭(rugged rubber duck)式天线,它由橡胶包封绕组元件构成。 Mobile radio device typically includes an antenna, such as a rubber duck roughness (rugged rubber duck) antenna, which consists of a rubber encapsulated winding element. 移动无线电设备还可以包括用以选择哪个通道来接收和发送信息的通道调谐器和用以调整音频信号音量的音量控制盘。 The mobile radio device may further comprises means for selecting which channel to receive and transmit information and a channel tuner for adjusting the volume of the audio signal volume control panel. 移动无线电设备还可以包括小的显示器,它显示选定的通道、接收的信号强度、输出功率等。 The mobile radio device may also include a small display, which displays the selected channel, the signal strength, output power received. 移动无线电设备一般是众所周知的,因而将不再更详细地描述。 The mobile radio devices are generally well known, and therefore will not be described in more detail.

[0097] 个人调谐装置404B —般包括扬声器(或者头带式耳机插孔)和音量控制盘,以便听由媒体播放器402发送的基于音频的媒体(例如,音乐)。 [0097] Personal tuning devices 404B - generally include a speaker (or headphone jack headband) and volume control panel, so as to listen to audio based media (e.g., music) transmitted by the media player 402. 个人调谐装置还可以包括天线和频率调谐器,用以选择哪个通道来接收和发送信息。 Individual tuning apparatus may further include an antenna and a frequency tuner for selecting which channel to receive and send information. 在一个实施例中,个人调谐装置404B对应于无线电设备(例如,媒体播放器可以包括FM发射机,而无线电设备可以包括FM接收机)。 In one embodiment, the personal tuning device 404B corresponds to a radio device (e.g., media player may include an FM transmitter, the FM receiver may include a radio device).

[0098] 个人显示装置404C —般包括显示器,以便观看由媒体播放器402发送的基于视频或者成像的媒体。 [0098] a personal display device 404C - typically includes a display, in order to view video or imaged based media sent by the media player 402. 在一些情况下,个人显示装置404C另外包括扬声器和音量控制,这样基于照片/视频和音频的媒体都可以从媒体播放器接收。 In some cases, the personal display device 404C additionally includes speakers and volume control, and may receive from the media player based on the image / video and audio media. 视频或者照片可以由媒体播放器通过位于其上的摄像机产生。 Video or photo can be generated by the media player via located on the camera. 视频或者照片还可以被存储在位于媒体播放器内的存储部件中。 Video or photos may also be stored in a storage member located in the media player. 在一个实施例中,个人显不装置对应于电视机或者TV (例如,媒体播放器可以包括VHF或者UHF发射机,而TV可以包括VHF或者UHF接收机)。 In one embodiment, the personal apparatus is not substantially correspond to a television or TV (e.g., media player may include a VHF or UHF transmitter, and the TV may include a VHF or UHF receiver).

[0099] 媒体装置还可以包括媒体播放器404D、笔记本计算机404E或者通用计算机404F。 [0099] The media device may further include a media player 404D, a notebook computer 404E or a general purpose computer 404F. 第二媒体播放器404D可以类似于第一媒体播放器402或者它可以是完全不同的装置。 The second media player 404D of the first media player 402 or it may be a completely different means may be similar. 举例来说,第二媒体播放器404D—般可以对应于图I所示的媒体播放器。 For example, the second media player 404D- generally may correspond to the media player shown in FIG. I. 笔记本计算机404E和通用计算机404F都可以包括在无线通信链路上通信所必需的硬件(例如,天线、接收机、收发机),或者它们可以连接到包括所需要硬件的无线集线器410。 Computer 404E and the general purpose computer 404F may include the hardware necessary for the wireless communication link (e.g., antenna, receivers, transceivers) or they may be connected to the wireless hub include hardware required 410. [0100] 图16是按照本发明一个实施例的无线通信系统420的框图。 [0100] FIG. 16 is a block diagram of a wireless communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention 420. 系统420 —般包括媒体播放器422和通过无线通信链路426连接的媒体装置424。 System 420 - as the media player 422 includes a link 426 and communication medium connected through the wireless device 424. 媒体播放器422和媒体装置424都可以在宽的范围内改变。 Media player 422 and the media device 424 may be varied within wide limits. 为了便于讨论,媒体装置424对应于类似于第一媒体播放器的第二媒体播放器。 For ease of discussion, the media device 424 corresponds to a second media player similar to the first media player. 两种媒体播放器都包括:处理器428,它操作耦合到用户接口430 ;存储块432 ;输入/输出电路434和通信终端436。 Two media player includes: a processor 428, which is operatively coupled to the user interface 430; the memory block 432; Input / output circuit 434 and the communication terminal 436.

[0101] 处理器428配置成执行指令和执行与媒体播放器422、424相联系的操作。 [0101] The processor 428 is configured to execute instructions and perform operations with the media player 422, 424 associated. 例如,利用例如从存储器取出的指令,处理器428可以控制在媒体播放器422、424的部件之间的输入和输出数据的接收和处理。 For example, using, for example fetched from the instruction memory, control processor 428 may receive and process input and output data between components 422, 424 of the media player. 在大部分情况下,处理器428在操作系统或者其他软件的控制下执行指令。 In most cases, the processor 428 to execute instructions under control of an operating system or other software. 处理器428可以是单芯片处理器或者可以用多部件实现。 The processor 428 may be a single-chip processor or can be implemented with multiple components.

[0102] 用户接口430使媒体播放器422、424的用户能够引发媒体播放器422、424上的动作,并向用户提供与利用媒体播放器422、424相联系的输出(例如,音频、视频、图像等)。 [0102] The user interface 430 that the user of the media player 422 can initiate actions on the media players 422, 424, and use and provides an output (e.g., audio, video media players 422, 424 associated with the user, images, etc.). 用户接口430可以在宽的范围内改变。 The user interface 430 may vary within wide limits. 举例来说,用户接口430可以包括开关、按钮、键、拨盘、轨迹球、操纵杆、触摸板、触摸屏、显示器、麦克风、扬声器、摄像机等等。 For example, user interface 430 may include switches, buttons, keys, dials, trackballs, joysticks, touch pads, touch screens, displays, microphones, speakers, cameras and the like.

[0103] 存储块432提供地方来保存媒体播放器422、424使用的数据。 [0103] Block 432 provides local memory to store data 422, 424 using the media player. 举例来说,存储块432可以包括只读存储器(ROM)、随机存取存储器(RAM)、硬盘驱动器、闪存存储器和/或等等。 For example, the memory block 432 may include read only memory (ROM), a random access memory (RAM), a hard drive, flash memory, and / or the like. 在所示实施例中,存储块至少包括硬盘驱动器。 In the illustrated embodiment, memory block includes at least a hard disk drive.

[0104] 输入/输出(I/O)支持电路434控制与一个或多个可以耦合到媒体播放器422、424的I/O装置440的交互作用。 [0104] Input / output (the I / O) support circuitry 434 to control one or more of the interaction may be coupled to the media player I 422,424 / O device 440. I/O支持电路434可以与处理器428集成,或者它可以是分离的部件(如图所示)。 I / O support circuitry 434 may be integrated with the processor 428, or it may be a separate member (as shown). I/O支持电路434 —般通过在媒体播放器422、424和希望与媒体播放器422、424通信的I/O装置440之间交换数据(和/或功率)运行。 I / O circuit 434 Support - Exchange of data (and / or power) between the run / O device 440 through the communication-like media players 422, 424 and 422, 424 with the media player hopes of I. 在大部分情况下,I/O装置440可以通过一个或多个连接器、导线或者电缆连接到I/O支持电路434。 In most cases, I / O device 440 may be connected to I by one or more connectors, wires or cables / O support circuitry 434. 举例来说,I/O装置440可以是内部或外围装置,诸如其他媒体播放器、笔记本计算机、个人数字助理、通用计算机、存储装置、附加的用户接口、音频设备(例如,扬声器、头带式耳机)、视频或者成像设备(例如,摄像机)、网卡等等。 For example, I / O device 440 may be internal or peripheral devices such as other media players, notebook computers, personal digital assistants, general purpose computers, storage devices, additional user interfaces, audio equipment (e.g., a speaker, Headband headphones), video or imaging equipment (e.g., cameras), network cards and the like. 在所示实施例中,I/O装置440对应于头戴式耳机。 In the illustrated embodiment, I / O device 440 corresponds to the headset. 头戴式耳机可以通过头带式耳机插孔连接到媒体播放器。 It can be connected to the headphone jack of a media player through the headphone headband.

[0105] 通信终端436控制与一个或多个可以通过无线链路耦合到媒体播放器422的媒体装置424的交互作用。 [0105] The communication terminal 436 controls one or more interaction media may be coupled to a media player device 422 via a wireless link 424. 通信终端436可以包括发射机、接收机或者收发机。 The communication terminal 436 may include a transmitter, receiver or transceiver. 在一个实施例中,第一媒体播放器422包括发射机,而第二媒体播放器424包括接收机,以此在它们之间提供单向通信。 In one embodiment, the media player 422 includes a first transmitter and the second media player 424 includes a receiver thereby providing one way communication therebetween. 在所示实施例中,第一媒体播放器422包括第一收发机,而第二媒体播放器424包括第二收发机,用于它们之间的双向通信。 In the illustrated embodiment, the first media player 422 includes a first transceiver and the second media player 424 includes a second transceiver for bidirectional communication therebetween. 发射机配置成在无线通信链路上发射信息,而接收机配置成在无线通信链路上接收信息,而收发机配置成在无线通信链路上既发射又接收信息。 The transmitter is configured to transmit information over a wireless communication link, and the receiver configured to receive information over a wireless communication link, and the transceiver is configured to both transmit and receive information over a wireless communication link. 接收机、发射机和收发机的部件一般在它们来自的技术领域内是众所周知的(例如,FM、RF、蓝牙、802. IU UffB, IR、磁链路),因此对其将不再更详细地描述。 Receivers, transmitters and transceivers member is generally in the technical field thereof is known from (e.g., FM, RF, Bluetooth, 802. IU UffB, IR, magnetic link) and therefore its detail will not be further described.

[0106] 图17是按照本发明一个实施例的无线传输方法450的流程图。 [0106] FIG 17 is a flowchart of a wireless transmission method of an embodiment of the present invention 450. 方法可以通过媒体播放器例如图15或者16所不的媒体播放器实现。 The method of FIG. 15 or 16 can not be achieved by a media player, for example, the media player. 方法一般开始于框452,其中选定媒体项目。 The method generally begins at block 452, wherein the selected media projects. 这一般是由用户通过媒体播放器的用户接口来操作媒体播放器完成的。 This is generally by a user through a user interface of the media player to operate the media player completed. 根据本申请,用户可以方便地移动遍历媒体项目列表,并在此后一旦找到希望的媒体项目便进行选择。 According to the application, users can easily move media to traverse the list of projects, and thereafter once hoped to find the media item will be selected. 在音乐情况下,用户可以滚屏遍历歌曲列表直至找到希望的歌曲。 In music, the user can scroll to traverse the list of songs until you find the desired song. 在图像情况下,用户可以移动遍历校样直至找到希望的图像。 In the picture, the user can move the traverse proof until the desired image is found.

[0107] 框452之后,流程进到框454,其中选定远程接收器。 After the [0107] block 452, flow proceeds to block 454, wherein the selected remote receiver. 远程接收器一般指能够接收来自媒体播放器的选定媒体项目的其他装置。 Generally refer to other remote receiver means capable of receiving the selected media item from the media player. 选择远程接收器可以包括选择信号通道,例如在广播(例如,FM)的情况下,或者包括选择希望的地址,例如在网络连接(例如,蓝牙)的情况下。 The case of selecting the remote receiver may include a channel selection signal, for example in the case of a broadcast (e.g., the FM), or comprises selecting a desired address, for example, the connection (e.g., Bluetooth) in the network. 在广播时,在空中电波上为任何人用调谐到正确的信号通道的接收机的公众接收而发射媒体项目,亦即,同时将媒体项目投射或发射到所有方向。 In the broadcast, the public airwaves for anyone with tuned to the correct channel receiver receives the signal and transmitting the media item, i.e., while the projection or the media items transmitted to all directions. 在联网的情况下,向一个或多个唯一地址发射媒体项目,亦即,每个媒体装置有它自己的唯一地址。 In the case of the network, transmitting the media item to one or more unique addresses, i.e., each media device has its own unique address. 当利用广播时,用户可以只是通过媒体播放器的用户接口选择通道。 When utilizing broadcasting, the user may simply select a channel via the user interface to the media player. 例如,媒体播放器的用户可以选择FM 98. 1,并因此媒体装置的用户必须选择FM 98. I以便接收媒体项目。 For example, the user of the media player may select FM 98. 1, and thus the user of the media device must select FM 98. I order to receive the media item. 当利用联网时,用户可以通过媒体播放器的用户接口选择一个或多个地址。 When utilizing networking, the user may select one or more addresses via the user interface of the media player. 例如,用户可以直接输入一个或多个唯一地址或者用户可以从存储在媒体播放器中的预先存在的组中选择一个或多个唯一地址。 For example, a user may enter one or more unique address directly or the user may select one or more unique addresses from the media player in the group pre-existing store. 在一些情况下,唯一地址可以存储为好友列表。 In some cases, the only address can be stored as a buddy list.

[0108] 框454之后,流程进到框456,其中发射媒体项目。 After the [0108] block 454, flow proceeds to block 456, where the transmit media items. 媒体项目可以在本地发射到媒体播放器和/或它可以以无线方式发射到远程接收器。 Media item may be transmitted to the media player and / or it may be transmitted to a remote receiver in a wireless manner locally. 在大部分情况下,媒体项目既发射到媒体播放器又发射到远程接收器。 In most cases, both the media project to launch the media player and transmit to a remote receiver.

[0109] 上述方法的各种方面可以单独或者以各种组合使用。 Various aspects of [0109] above method may be used alone or in various combinations thereof. 方法最好通过硬件和软件的组合实现,但是还可以用硬件或者软件实现。 The method preferably by a combination of hardware and software implementations, but may also be implemented in hardware or software. 方法还可以实现为计算机可读介质上的计算机可读代码。 The method may also be implemented readable code on a computer-readable medium as a computer. 计算机可读介质是可以存储此后可以由计算机系统读出的数据的任何数据存储装置。 The computer readable medium is any data storage device may store thereafter be read by a computer system data. 计算机可读介质的示例包括只读存储器、随机存取存储器、硬盘驱动器、闪存存储器、CD-ROM、DVD、磁带、光学数据存储装置和载波。 Examples of computer readable medium include read-only memory, random access memory, a hard drive, flash memory, CD-ROM, DVD, magnetic tape, optical data storage devices, and carrier waves.

[0110] 图18是示出按照本发明一个实施例的个人发射台500使用时的例图。 [0110] FIG. 18 is an illustration showing a personal transmitting station 500 used in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, when. 举例来说,个人发射台500可以对应于图I所示的媒体播放器。 For example, the personal transmitting station 500 may correspond to the media player shown in FIG. I. 个人发射台500以无线方式通过一个或多个无线链路504连接到一个或多个个人媒体装置502。 Personal transmitting station 500 is wirelessly connected to one or more personal media devices 502 through one or more wireless links 504. 这些装置500和502通过无线通信信号诸如前面描述的那些中的任何一个连接。 Any one of those connections of these devices 500 and 502 via wireless communication signals, such as previously described.

[0111] 尽管个人发射台500可以配置成向个人媒体装置502发射若干类型的数据,在所示实施例中,个人发射台500配置成以音乐502的形式(例如,个人发射台包括例如MP3功能)向一个或多个起个人调谐装置作用的个人媒体装置502发射音频数据。 [0111] Although the personal transmitting station 500 may be configured to transmit several types of data to the personal media device 502, in the illustrated embodiment, the personal transmitting station 500 is configured in the form of music 502 (e.g., a personal transmitting station includes MP3 functionality e.g. ) plays the role of the individual tuning means to one or more personal media devices 502 transmit audio data. 像这样,个人发射台500的用户可以执行流行音乐播音员(disc jockey)的功能,亦即,用户可以确定既在个人发射台500上又在个人调谐装置502上要播放什么歌曲。 In this way, individual users launch pad 500 can perform popular music announcer (disc jockey) function, that is, the user can determine both stations transmit on 500 and 502 on the personal tuning device what you want to play the song in person.

[0112] 在这个特定的例图中,第一滑雪人506持有个人发射台500,而第二、第三和第四滑雪人508、510和512各自持有个人调谐装置502。 [0112] In this particular embodiment of the figures, the first rider 506 holds the personal transmitting station 500 while second, third and fourth skiers 508, 510 and 512 each hold personal tuning devices 502. 如图所示,第一滑雪人506远离第二、第三和第四滑雪人508、510和512。 As shown, the first skier 506 away from the second, third and fourth skiers 508, 510 and 512. 第一滑雪人506位于第一山514上,第二和第三滑雪人508和510位于滑雪缆车516上,而第四滑雪人502正在滑下第二山518。 The first skier 506 is located on a first hill 514, the second and third skiers 508 and 510 located on a ski lift 516, and the fourth rider sliding down a second hill 502 is 518. 正如应该理解的,所有这些位置都在个人发射台500的广播或者联网范围内。 As it should be understood that all of these locations are within the broadcast or transmit personal networking range table 500.

[0113] 个人发射台500配置成向第二、第三和第四滑雪人508、510和512持有的个人调谐装置502发送音乐信号,而个人调谐装置502配置成接收发自个人发射台500的音乐信号。 [0113] personal station 500 configured to transmit the second, third and fourth skiers 508, 510 transmit music signal 512 and the personal tuning devices 502 held by, the personal tuning device configured to receive 502 sent from the personal transmitting station 500 the music signal. 因此,第一滑雪人506可以通过只是选择在个人发射台500上要播放的不同歌曲来对第二、第三和第四滑雪人508、510和512所听的作出改变(尽管他处于与余下的滑雪人不同的位置上)。 Thus, the first 506 people can ski just by selecting different songs to be played on personal transmitter 500 to make a change (although he is in with the rest of the second, third and fourth ski 508, 510 and 512 people listening different people skiing position). 例如,第一滑雪人506可以结束第一歌曲,并选择要播放的第二歌曲,因此,使个人发射台500向个人调谐装置502发送第二歌曲。 For example, the first skier 506 may end a first song and select a second song to be played, therefore, that the individual transmitting station 500 transmits a second song to the personal tuning devices 502.

[0114] 个人发射台500以及个人调谐装置502都包括用以输出声音的装置。 [0114] personal transmitting station 500 and the personal tuning device 502 comprises a means for outputting a sound. 例如,它们可以包含扬声器或者用于耦合到头带式耳机的插孔。 For example, they may comprise a speaker for coupling to the headband or headphone jack. 这些装置还可以包括用以调整音量的装置。 The apparatus may further comprise means for adjusting the volume. 例如,它们可以包含拨盘或者按钮,用以增大或者减小音量。 For example, they may contain dials or buttons for increasing or decreasing the volume. 在一些情况下,个人调谐装置可以包括用以请求歌曲的装置,亦即,文本消息传送或者语音通信。 In some cases, the personal tuning device may comprise means for the requested song, i.e., text messaging or voice communication.

[0115] 尽管已经就若干优选实施例对本发明作了描述,仍有一些落在本发明范围之内的变化、置换和等效。 [0115] Although embodiments are described several preferred embodiments to the present invention, there are some variations falling within the scope of the invention, substitutions and equivalents. 例如,尽管已经就MP3音乐播放器对本发明进行了描述,但是应该理解,本发明的一些特征还可以应用于其他类型的媒体播放器,诸如录像机、摄像机等等。 For example, while the invention has been carried out on the MP3 music player of the description, it should be understood that some features of the invention can also be applied to other types of media players, such as VCRs, camcorders and so on. 另外,这里描述的MP3音乐播放器不限于MP3音乐格式。 Further, MP3 music player described herein is not limited to the MP3 music format. 其他音频格式诸如MP3 VBR(可变位速率)、AIFF和WAV格式均可以使用。 Other audio formats such as MP3 VBR (variable bit rate), AIFF and WAV formats can be used. 另外,本发明的某些方面不限于手持式装置。 Further, certain aspects of the present invention is not limited to the handheld device. 例如,触摸板还可以用于其他计算装置,诸如便携式计算机、个人数字助理(PDA)、蜂窝电话等等。 For example, the touch pad may also be used for other computing devices, such as a portable computer, a personal digital assistant (PDA), a cellular phone and the like. 触摸板还可以用作连接到台式或者便携式计算机的独立输入装置。 Touch panel input device can also be used independently to a desktop or portable computer. 还应指出,有许多实现本发明的方法和设备的备选方式。 It should also be noted that there are many alternative ways of implementing the methods and apparatus of the present invention. 例如,尽管已经就由手指使其运行对触摸板进行了描述,但是应该指出,在一些情况下,其他物体也可以用来使它运行。 For example, although it has been run by the finger on the touchpad it has been described, it should be noted that, in some cases, other objects can also be used to make it run. 例如,触针或者另一物体可以用于触摸板的一些配置。 For example, a stylus or other object may be used in some configurations of the touch panel. 因此,随后所附的权利要求书应该解释为包括所有这种落在本发明真实的精神和范围内的变化、置换和等效。 Accordingly, the scope of the following appended claims be interpreted as including all such variations fall within the true spirit and scope of the present invention, substitutions and equivalents.

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1. 一种扩展坞,用于接纳具有插座连接器的媒体播放器,所述扩展坞包括: 外壳;和媒体舱,包括媒体舱开孔和阳插头连接器,其中,所述媒体舱开孔形成于所述外壳中并适于接纳所述媒体播放器,并且其中,所述阳插头连接器布置在所述媒体舱开孔中并设置成与所述媒体播放器的所述插座连接器接合,所述阳插头连接器包括: 连接器外壳,被设计为容纳至少30个触点,所述触点在一列顺序编号的触点位置中隔开,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置包括: Firewire触点位置3、5、7、9,其为Firewire信号而指定; USB触点位置4、6、8、15,其为USB信号而指定; 附件识别触点位置10,其为附件识别信号而指定,所述附件识别触点位置具有下拉功能以向所述媒体播放器通报附件标识; 串行协议触点位置18、19,其为串行协议信号而指定; 音频触点位置25、26、27、28 A docking station for receiving a media player having a receptacle connector, the docking station comprising: a housing; and a media bay including a media bay opening and the male plug connector, wherein the media bay openings formed in the housing and adapted to receive said media player, and wherein said male plug connector disposed in the media bay openings and arranged to the socket connector and the media player engagement said male plug connector comprising: a connector housing, is designed to accommodate at least 30 contacts, the contacts contact locations spaced in a sequence number, wherein the contact locations sequentially numbered comprising : 3,5,7,9 Firewire contact position, which is designated as a Firewire signal; 4,6,8,15 USB contact position, which is designated as the USB signals; accessory identification contact position 10, as accessory identification specified signal, the accessory contact locations identified pull-down function to inform accessory identification to the media player; serial protocol contact positions 18, 19, which is designated as a serial signal protocol; audio contact position 25, 26,27,28 ,其为音频信号而指定;以及接地触点位置I和30,其为接地而指定。 , Which is designated as an audio signal; and 30 and which is designated as a ground contact position of the ground I.
2.根据权利要求I所述的扩展坞,其中,所述阳插头连接器被倾斜成使得所述媒体播放器在被插入所述媒体舱开孔时停留在倾斜位置。 The docking station of claim I, wherein the male plug connector is inclined such that the media player to stay in an inclined position when the media is inserted into the tank opening.
3.根据权利要求2所述的扩展坞,其中,所述倾斜位置的角度处于从约5度到约25度的范围中。 3. The docking station according to claim 2, wherein said angular position inclined in a range from about 5 degrees to about 25 degrees.
4.根据权利要求I所述的扩展坞,还包括压载物,所述压载物布置在所述外壳中使所述扩展坞能够支撑所述媒体播放器。 The docking station according to claim I, further comprising a ballast, the ballast is arranged in the housing of the docking station capable of supporting the manipulation of the media player.
5.根据权利要求I所述的扩展坞,还包括可操作地耦合到所述阳插头连接器的一个或多个附加连接器,所述附加连接器中至少一者被设置成使信号传输能够进行以与其他电子装置通信。 The docking station according to claim I, further comprising operably coupled to the male plug connector according to one or more additional connectors, said additional connector is provided at least one of the signal transmission can be for to communicate with other electronic devices.
6.根据权利要求5所述的扩展坞,其中,所述一个或多个附加连接器包括具有与所述媒体播放器的所述插座连接器相同触点位置布局的音频输出连接器或多触点连接器中的至少一者或其任意组合。 6. The docking station as claimed in claim 5, wherein said one or more additional connectors includes an audio output connector same positional layout of the contacts of the receptacle connector of the media player having a touch or point, or any combination of at least one connector.
7.根据权利要求5所述的扩展坞,还包括设置在所述外壳中的软电缆,所述软电缆设置成将所述阳插头连接器可操作地耦合到所述一个或多个附加连接器,其中,所述一个或多个附加连接器位于附装到所述外壳的一个或多个印刷电路板上。 7. The docking station as claimed in claim 5, further comprising a flexible cable disposed in said housing, the flexible cable is arranged to the male plug connector is operatively coupled to the one or more additional connection , wherein the one or more additional connector attached to the housing is located in one or more printed circuit boards.
8.根据权利要求I所述的扩展坞,其中,所述扩展坞是媒体系统,并包括从由下列项构成的组中选择的一个或多个特征:成对扬声器、显示器、无线电设备的广播部件。 Broadcasting paired speaker, a display, a radio device: The docking station according to claim I, wherein the docking station is a media system, and includes one or more features selected from the group consisting of the following items component.
9.根据权利要求I所述的扩展坞,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置还包括:接地触点位置16,其为接地而指定。 9. The docking station according to claim I, wherein said contact locations sequentially numbered further comprising: a ground contact location 16, which is designated as ground.
10.根据权利要求9所述的扩展坞,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置还包括:附加接地触点位置2、15和29,其为接地而指定。 10. The docking station according to claim 9, wherein said contact locations sequentially numbered further comprising: an additional ground contact positions 2,15 and 29, which is designated as ground.
11.根据权利要求I所述的扩展坞,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置还包括: 附件电源触点位置13,其为附件电源信号而指定,并能够从所述媒体播放器接收电能;以及附件检测触点位置20,其为附件检测信号而指定。 11. The docking station as claimed in claim I, wherein the contact locations sequentially numbered further comprising: a power contact location of attachment 13, which is designated as the accessory power signal, and capable of receiving power from the media player ; detection contact and attachment position 20, which is designated as an attachment detection signal.
12.根据权利要求I所述的扩展坞,还包括: Firewire触点,其布置在触点位置3、5、7、9并适于携带所述Firewire信号; USB触点,其布置在触点位置4、6、8、15并适于携带所述USB信号; 附件识别触点,其布置在触点位置10并适于携带所述附件识别信号; 串行协议触点,其布置在触点位置18、19并适于携带所述串行协议信号; 音频触点,其布置在触点位置25、26、27、28并适于携带所述音频信号;以及接地触点,其布置在触点位置I和30并适于接地,其中,这些触点中的至少一部分触点能够在所述阳插头连接器被连接到所述媒体播放器的相应插座连接器的时候被激活。 12. The docking station according to claim I, further comprising: Firewire contacts, disposed in the contact position and adapted to carry said 3,5,7,9 Firewire signal; the USB contacts, which is disposed in contact positions 4,6,8,15 and adapted to carry the USB signal; accessory identification contact, which is arranged in the contact position 10 and adapted to carry the accessory identification signal; serial protocol contacts disposed in contact positions 18, 19 and adapted to carry said serial protocol signals; audio contacts disposed in the contact position 25,26,27,28 and adapted to carry said audio signal; and a ground contact, which is disposed in contact I and the time position 30 and adapted to the ground, wherein at least a portion of these contacts can be connected to a respective contact receptacle connector of the media player in the male plug connector is activated.
13.根据权利要求12所述的扩展坞,其中,所述连接器外壳由塑料制成; 其中,所述触点由导电材料制成,并布置在针对所述至少30个触点的顺序编号的触点位置中相应一个触点位置;并且其中,至少一个触点由铜合金制成。 13. The docking station as claimed in claim 12, wherein the connector housing is made of plastic; wherein the contacts made of conductive material, and disposed in sequence number for the contacts of at least 30 a contact position of a respective contact position; and wherein the at least one contact made of a copper alloy.
14.根据权利要求I所述的扩展坞,还包括电源触点,所述电源触点适于携带电能并位于位置11和12。 14. The docking station according to claim I, further comprising a power contact, the power contact adapted to carry electrical power and located at the position 11 and 12.
15. 一种扩展坞,用于接纳具有插座连接器的媒体播放器,所述扩展坞包括: 外壳;和媒体舱,包括媒体舱开孔和阳插头连接器,其中,所述媒体舱开孔形成于所述外壳中并适于接纳所述媒体播放器,并且其中,所述阳插头连接器布置在所述媒体舱开孔中并设置成与所述媒体播放器的插座连接器接合,所述阳插头连接器包括: 连接器外壳,被设计为容纳至少30个触点,所述触点在一列顺序编号的触点位置中隔开,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置包括: USB触点位置4、6、8,其为USB信号而指定; 音频触点位置27、28,其为来自所述媒体播放器的输出音频信号而指定;以及接地触点位置I和30,其为接地而指定。 15. A docking station for receiving a media player having a receptacle connector, the docking station comprising: a housing; and a media bay including a media bay opening and the male plug connector, wherein the media bay openings formed in the housing and adapted to receive said media player, and wherein said male plug connector disposed in the media bay openings and arranged to engage the receptacle connector of the media player, the said male plug connector comprising: a connector housing, is designed to accommodate at least 30 contacts, the contacts contact locations spaced in a sequence number, wherein the contact locations sequentially numbered comprising: USB 4,6,8-contact position, which is designated as a USB signal; audio contact positions 27, 28, which is designated as the audio signal output from the media player; and a ground contact 30 and the position I, which is ground specified.
16.根据权利要求15所述的扩展坞,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置还包括:接地触点位置16,其为接地而指定。 16. The docking station according to claim 15, wherein said contact locations sequentially numbered further comprising: a ground contact location 16, which is designated as ground.
17.根据权利要求16所述的扩展坞,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置还包括:接地触点位置2、15、29,其为接地而指定。 17. The docking station according to claim 16, wherein said contact locations sequentially numbered further comprising: a ground contact position 2,15,29, which is designated as ground.
18.根据权利要求15所述的扩展坞,还包括: USB触点,其布置在触点位置4、6、8并适于携带所述USB信号; 音频触点,其布置在触点位置27和28并适于携带所述来自所述媒体播放器的输出音频ί目号;和接地触点,其布置在触点位置I和30并适于接地,其中,所述多个触点中的至少一部分触点能够在所述阳插头连接器被连接到所述媒体播放器的相应插座连接器的时候被激活。 18. The docking station according to claim 15, further comprising: USB contacts disposed in the contact position and adapted to carry said 4,6,8 USB signals; audio contact, which is disposed in the contact position 27 and 28 and adapted to carry the output audio ί mesh number from the media player; and a ground contact, which is arranged in the contact position and adapted to the ground I and 30, wherein said plurality of contacts when the respective receptacle connector contacts at least a portion to be connected to the media player in the male plug connector is activated.
19.根据权利要求15所述的扩展坞,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置还包括:附件识别触点位置10,其为附件识别信号而指定,所述附件识别触点位置具有下拉功能以向所述媒体播放器通报附件标识。 19. The docking station according to claim 15, wherein said contact locations sequentially numbered further comprises: identifying contact attachment position 10, which is designated as the accessory identification signal, identifying the accessory contact position pull-down function to inform accessory identification to the media player.
20.根据权利要求15所述的扩展坞,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置还包括: 附件电源触点位置13,其为附件电源信号而指定,并能够从所述媒体播放器接收电能;以及附件检测触点位置20,其为附件检测信号而指定。 20. The docking station according to claim 15, wherein said contact locations sequentially numbered further comprising: a power contact location of attachment 13, which is designated as the accessory power signal, and capable of receiving power from the media player ; detection contact and attachment position 20, which is designated as an attachment detection signal.
21.根据权利要求15所述的扩展坞,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置还包括: 串行协议触点位置18和19,其为串行协议信号而指定。 21. The docking station according to claim 15, wherein said contact locations sequentially numbered further comprising: a serial protocol contact locations 18 and 19, which is designated as a serial protocol signal.
22.根据权利要求15所述的扩展坞,其中,触点位置3、5、7、9为Firewire信号而指定。 22. The docking station according to claim 15, wherein the contact locations 3,5,7,9 Firewire signal is specified.
23.根据权利要求15所述的扩展坞,还包括电源触点,所述电源触点适于携带电能并位于位置11和12。 23. The docking station according to claim 15, further comprising a power contact, the power contact adapted to carry electrical power and located at the position 11 and 12.
24. 一种扩展坞,用于接纳具有插座连接器的媒体播放器,所述扩展坞包括: 外壳;和媒体舱,包括媒体舱开孔和阳插头连接器,其中,所述媒体舱开孔形成于所述外壳中并适于接纳所述媒体播放器,并且其中,所述阳插头连接器布置在所述媒体舱开孔中并设置成与所述媒体播放器的所述插座连接器接合,所述阳插头连接器包括: 连接器外壳,被设计为容纳至少30个触点,这些触点在一列顺序编号的触点位置中隔开,所述触点位置包括: 处于触点位置16处的第一接地触点位置,为接地而指定; 处于触点位置4、6、8处的第一组USB触点位置,为USB信号而指定,所述第一组USB触点位置布置在所述第一接地触点位置与触点位置I之间;和处于触点位置27和28处的第二组音频触点位置,为音频信号而指定,所述第二组音频触点位置布置在所述第一接地触点位置 24. A docking station for receiving a media player having a receptacle connector, the docking station comprising: a housing; and a media bay including a media bay opening and the male plug connector, wherein the media bay openings formed in the housing and adapted to receive said media player, and wherein said male plug connector disposed in the media bay openings and arranged to the socket connector and the media player engagement said male plug connector comprising: a connector housing, is designed to accommodate at least 30 contacts which contact locations spaced in a sequential numbering, the position of the contacts comprising: at contact locations 16 position at the first ground contact, designated a ground; a first set of USB contact position is at a contact position 4,6,8, specify the USB signal, the position of the first set of contacts disposed in USB the contact between the first position and a ground contact position I; and a second set of audio contact position is at the contact position 27 and 28, an audio signal is designated, the position of the second set of contacts disposed audio in the position of the first ground contact 触点位置30之间。 30 between the contact position.
25.根据权利要求24所述的扩展坞,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置还包括: 第二接地触点位置,处于所述触点位置I并为接地而指定;和第三接地触点位置,处于所述触点位置30并为接地而指定。 25. The docking station according to claim 24, wherein said contact locations sequentially numbered further comprising: a second ground contact position, said contact position is designated I and the ground; and the third ground contact position, in said contact position 30 and designated as a ground.
26.根据权利要求24所述的扩展坞,其中,所述顺序编号的触点位置还包括附加接地触点位置2、15、29,其为接地而指定。 26. The docking station according to claim 24, wherein said contact locations sequentially numbered additional ground contacts further comprises a position 2,15,29, which is designated as ground.
27.根据权利要求24所述的扩展坞,其中,触点位置3、5、7、9为Firewire信号而指定。 27. The docking station according to claim 24, wherein the contact locations 3,5,7,9 Firewire signal is specified.
28.根据权利要求24所述的扩展坞,还包括由分别设置在所述多个触点位置处的导电材料制成的多个触点,其中,在所述阳插头连接器被连接到所述媒体播放器的相应插座连接器的时候,所述多个触点中至少一部分触点能够被激活。 28. The docking station according to claim 24, further comprising a plurality of contacts made of a conductive material are provided at a plurality of contact locations which are connected to the male plug connector when said respective receptacle connector of the media player, at least a portion of said plurality of contacts to be activated contacts.
29.根据权利要求24所述的扩展坞,还包括一个或多个电源触点,其由设置在触点位置8、11或12中一个或多个触点位置处的导电材料制成。 29. The docking station according to claim 24, further comprising one or more power supply contacts, which is made of conductive material disposed at the contact locations 8, 11 or 12 or a plurality of contact locations.
30.根据权利要求24所述的扩展坞,其中,所述触点位置还包括附件识别触点位置10,其为附件识别信号而指定,所述附件识别触点位置具有下拉功能以向所述媒体播放器通报附件标识。 30. The docking station according to claim 24, wherein the contact locations further comprise accessory identification contact locations 10, which is designated as the accessory identification signal, identifying the accessory contact position to the pull-down function to media player communications of Annex identity.
31.根据权利要求24所述的扩展坞,其中,所述触点位置还包括: 附件电源触点位置13,其为附件电源信号而指定,所述附件电源触点位置能够从所述媒体播放器接收电能;以及附件检测触点位置20,其为附件检测信号而指定。 31. The docking station according to claim 24, wherein the contact locations further comprise: a power contact location of attachment 13, which is designated as the accessory power signal, the accessory power supply from the contact locations is capable of playing media receives electrical energy; and a detection contact attachment position 20, which is designated as an attachment detection signal.
32.根据权利要求24所述的扩展坞,其中,所述触点位置还包括串行协议触点位置18、.19,其为串行协议信号而指定。 32. The docking station according to claim 24, wherein the contact locations further comprises a serial protocol contact locations 18, .19, which is designated as a serial protocol signal.
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